Caution: Play it safe during winter weather

January 14th, 2013 by

So, Old Man Winter can’t seem to figure out what he wants to do with us this year. From spring-like temperatures to snow and ice, we’ve seen it all! Of course, there’s no telling what may be in store in the weeks ahead. Here are some helpful driving tips, just in case we find ourselves in the midst of another winter wonderland.

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 may be driving at a reduced speed.

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. Be sure you’re not too close to the car in front of you.

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
Modern technology can come in quite handy during an emergency. If you’re planning to be out in bad weather, be sure to stick your cell phone in your pocket on the way out the door.

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