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Helpful Tips for Driving in a Snowstorm

We probably won’t witness any major snow falls throughout the winter, however, you and your family may decide to take a trip up north. Since most of us around here don’t have experience with driving in winter conditions- including snow, strong winds and low temperatures- we recommend being extra careful and go through the following tips.

1. Maintain a safe following distance

Ensure there are 3 seconds between your car and the vehicle in front of you to give yourself enough time to stop safely and avoid a collision. In icy conditions, be 6 seconds behind.

2. Clear snow

Don’t forget to clear the snow off your car all the time including all windows and side mirrors.

3. De-ice your windshield

Keep the windshield washer tank full at all times and have your wiper blades in good condition.

4. Learn how to control a skid

You may experience that your vehicle is not going in the direction you want it to go. In that case, don’t just try to straighten out, but steer into the skid against the momentum of the vehicle.

5. Don’t use cruise control

Be alert and in control at all times.

6. Reduce your speed

It takes much longer to stop in snowy or icy conditions. Also, please remember to gently press the brakes. Spiking them quickly can cause you to lose control of your vehicle.

7. Install snow tires

Compared to all-weather tires, snow or winter tires have tread designed to maintain a better grip on icy and snowy surfaces. Experts recommend installing winter tires on all 4 wheels.

8. Avoid certain roads

Try to avoid driving on roads until they’ve been plowed and de-iced. If you suddenly feel your tires have lost their grip on the road, stay calm and gently steer in the direction you wish to go without over-correcting. Keep a light touch on the steering wheel; a white-knuckle grip can lead to overreaction and loss of control.

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