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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Safe Driving in Winter

Winter is the most challenging season to drive into, especially when winter storms come. Here are some safety tips as recommended by the Mid-Atlantic Foundation for Safety and Education;

Clear off snow and ice from your entire vehicle before departing.
Allow extra time to reach your destination.
Use main roads or arteries whenever possible.
Realize that traffic moves at a slower pace during inclement weather.
Avoid using cruise control in wet weather driving conditions.
Because stopping time increases on wet or icy surfaces, slow down and increase the distance between you and the vehicle infront of you.
If you are starting to skid, ease up on the accelerator, keep a firm grip on the wheel, and steer in the direction you want the front of the vehicle to go.
Switch headlights to low beam to avoid glare.
Use common sense. Ask yourself: Is the trip really necessary? Is my car ready for the trip? Am I mentally and physically prepared to make this trip?