Driving in snow and ice

January 10th, 2011 by

According to the National Weather Service, there may be some snow headed our way. If winter weather does arrive, here’s what you need to know:

Slow down
No matter what kind of vehicle you’re in, it can’t hurt to slow down. And, even if your car handles especially well in snow and ice, you need to be mindful of other drivers who are being extra cautious.

Allow plenty of distance between you and the next car
When you hit a patch of ice, your car may take a lot longer to stop than it would on a clean stretch of road. If you’re too close to the car in front of you, a fender bender may be inevitable.

Do not use cruise control
If you’re driving on slick roads, cruise control can be dangerous. Think about it: if your car starts to hydroplane or skid, cruise control will automatically try to accelerate so it can maintain speed – and this is NOT what you want.

Don’t leave home without your cell phone
Most of today’s drivers have cell phones, which can come in quite handy during an emergency. If you’re planning to be out in bad weather, be sure to stick yours in your coat pocket on the way out the door.

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