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Driving Tips:

Tips For Safe Winter Driving

Has your fear factor ever hit extreme high sliding down an ice covered road with the tires locked.  Out of control!  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration created a flyer with some helpful tips.  You can visit it here:  Winter Safety.  Below is the brief of the flyer.

  • Keep your car in excellent working condition from top to bottom to avoid being stranded in cold weather.
  • Practice driving in snow conditions in an empty lot.  Know how your car will respond on ice.  Even the pro's practice.

  • Drive slowly!

  • A word of caution about braking: Know what kind of brakes your vehicle has and how to use them properly. In general, if you have anti-lock brakes, apply firm pressure, if you have non anti-lock brakes, pump the brakes gently.
  • If you find yourself in a skid , stay calm and ease your foot off the gas while carefully steering in the direction you want the front of your vehicle to go. This procedure, known as "steering into the skid," will bring the back end of your car in line with the front.
  • Check weather, and know your route.
  • Keep your gas tank near full.
  • Stock your vehicle for an emergency.  Blanket, shovel, and more.  See link above for more details.
  • If stuck stay with your car.  Don't run you vehicle for extended periods of time without opening a window, and make sure your exhaust pipe is clear.

The best advice for driving in snow is to simply avoid it.  Obviously we still have to at times so  make sure the times you do go count.  Just knowing what the weather is going to be like can make or break your day.

Have a suggestion of your own?  I would love to hear from you, and more than willing to add it on the list.  Let me know!  Monkey Meter, the original road rage traffic reporter!

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