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Slippery When Wet:

Winter Driving Safety

Clear off all Snow and Ice: Wipe it completely from windows, side view mirrors, headlights, taillights, and license plates.

Make Sure Windshield Wipers Are Serviceable: Make sure they can move freely and aren't frozen to the windshield. ( A new set before winter's arrival can be well worth the cost.)

Be Sure Windshield Washer Fluid is Full: When out on the road,  a large vehicle will inadvertently spray dirt particles onto your windshield. If you can't see, you can't drive safely.

Make Sure Tires Have Enough Tread: Bald tires are the wrong answer in the winter. Also be sure to clear tread of snow when ever possible.

Warm Up Car Before Driving: Allowing car to warm up a minute or two will allow for the oil to start flowing and the engine to warm. This will ease wear and tear on your car's mechanical components.

Always Have Plenty of Fuel in Tank: Try to keep at least half a tank. This way you reduce your chances of running out of fuel. Should you become stranded in extreme conditions, the reserve fuel can keep you warm. When running your engine to stay warm, make sure that you keep the window ajar to prevent carbon monoxide build up. If you can, clear snow away from exhaust pipe.

Have a Survival Kit in Car:

     1.  Pack a winter blanket 
Warm Clothes 
An emergency flashlight 
If on medication, pack extra (you can always melt snow with 
         hands in a cup) 
Non-Perishable food like candy bars or crackers (even pack a 
         good book)

Pack Snow Tools:

     1.  An emergency shovel 
Extra pair of wiper blades 
A windshield snow brush 
Safety flares or reflective triangle (flares will be seen at night 
         and in fog, everyone's natural reaction when they see flares is 
         to slow down. Weather conditions won't hinder their operation; 
         they are waterproof. Be sure you know how to use them prior to 
         an emergency.)


Avoid skidding by being Aware: Be aware of road conditions. Remember that bridges and overpasses freeze first. Intersections tend to present major problems because the heavy traffic tends to pack down snow and moisture and turn it into ice. Windblown snow can hide ice-riddled roads.

Drive Slow on Snow: Consider driving at a slower speed than usual. Even slower than posted signs. Try to drive outside of the previous tire tracks to give you some extra traction. If you see ice in the ruts, and the ruts are shining, then you should move over about a foot. Despite good defensive driving, odds are that you may skid anyway.

Follow off/off Rule if go into a Skid: Keep foot off the brake and off the accelerator.

In a Skid Don't Panic, Keep in Control: If you can remember to turn your car in the direction of the skid, great. But just keep in mind that you want to turn your wheel in the direction you want your car to go. The same holds true for front wheel drive vehicles. When you car straightens out, then squeeze the brakes enough to slow yourself down, but not so much that you lock up the wheels.

If you have anti-lock brakes, be sure not to pump the brakes. Depress them evenly until you regain control of the vehicle. Even anti-locked brakes can't help you if you are traveling too closely.

Leave Plenty of Room When Driving: Leave space between you and vehicles around you. Picked a fixed object for the vehicle in front of you to pass. Count. It should take three to five seconds for you to reach that object.

People Have a Tendency to Panic and Over-Steer. 


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