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Safe Winter Driving

Post Date:01/04/2017 5:20 PM

SAFE WINTER DRIVING

 

Winter is in full swing and that means road conditions are constantly changing.  Inclement weather related crashes resulted in 35 fatalities in 2015.  Follow these winter driving tips to keep you in control of your vehicle and reduce risks this season:

 

  • Ice and snow, take it slow.  The posted speed limit is for dry, ideal conditions.  If it’s wet, snowy or icy, you should SLOW DOWN.
  • Avoid quick stops, starts and turns.  Accelerate slowly, brake gently, and don’t turn quickly.
  • Increase your following distance.  You need more space to safely stop when it’s wet, snowy or icy.  Add 1 second to your following distance for every condition (for example:  ice, snow, fog or rain).
  • Use extra caution when changing lanes.  Snow and slush can form ridges between lanes that can be slippery and cause you to lose control.  Avoid land changes if all possible on snowy and slushy roads.
  • Always buckle up.  When buckling children in car seats, remember to “buckle then bundle.”  Coats can interfere with a snug fit, so place your child in the car seat securely then place their coat or blanket around them for warmth.
  • 4WD/AWD does not make you invincible.  They help some with traction, but they don’t help with stopping, slipping and turning.  You still need to SLOW DOWN.
  • Keep y our gas tank at least half.  Be sure to give yourself plenty of time to travel to your destination, and stay home if you really don’t need to go out on the roads during a storm.
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