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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Safe Winter Driving Tips

Safety tips for driving your #WAV in snow and ice. #NMEDA

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    The best advice for driving in bad winter weather is not to drive at all, if you can avoid it.
    Don't go out until the snow plows and sanding trucks have had a chance to do their work, and allow yourself extra time to reach your destination.
    If you must drive in snowy conditions, make sure your car is prepared (TIPS), and that you know how to handle road conditions.
    It's helpful to practice winter driving techniques in a snowy, open parking lot, so you're familiar with how your car handles. Consult your owner's manual for tips specific to your vehicle.
    Driving safely on icy roads
    1. Decrease your speed and leave yourself plenty of room to stop. You should allow at least three times more space than usual between you and the car in front of you.
    2. Brake gently to avoid skidding. If your wheels start to lock up, ease off the brake.
    3. Turn on your lights to increase your visibility to other motorists.
    4. Keep your lights and windshield clean.
    5. Use low gears to keep traction, especially on hills.
    6. Don't use cruise control or overdrive on icy roads.
    7. Be especially careful on bridges, overpasses and infrequently traveled roads, which will freeze first. Even at temperatures above freezing, if the conditions are wet, you might encounter ice in shady areas or on exposed roadways like bridges.
    8. Don't pass snow plows and sanding trucks. The drivers have limited visibility, and you're likely to find the road in front of them worse than the road behind.
    9. Don't assume your vehicle can handle all conditions. Even four-wheel and front-wheel drive vehicles can encounter trouble on winter roads.
    If your rear wheels skid...
    1. Take your foot off the accelerator.
    2. Steer in the direction you want the front wheels to go. If your rear wheels are sliding left, steer left. If they're sliding right, steer right.
    3. If your rear wheels start sliding the other way as you recover, ease the steering wheel toward that side. You might have to steer left and right a few times to get your vehicle completely under control.
    4. If you have standard brakes, pump them gently.
    5. If you have anti-lock brakes (ABS), do not pump the brakes. Apply steady pressure to the brakes. You will feel the brakes pulse — this is normal.
    If your front wheels skid...
    1. Take your foot off the gas and shift to neutral, but don't try to steer immediately.
    2. As the wheels skid sideways, they will slow the vehicle and traction will return. As it does, steer in the direction you want to go. Then put the transmission in "drive" or release the clutch, and accelerate gently.
    If you get stuck...
    1. Do not spin your wheels. This will only dig you in deeper.
    2. Turn your wheels from side to side a few times to push snow out of the way.
    3. Use a light touch on the gas, to ease your car out.
    4. Use a shovel to clear snow away from the wheels and the underside of the car.
    5. Pour sand, kitty litter, gravel or salt in the path of the wheels, to help get traction.
    6. Try rocking the vehicle. (Check your owner's manual first — it can damage the transmission on some vehicles.) Shift from forward to reverse, and back again. Each time you're in gear, give a light touch on the gas until the vehicle gets going.
    7. More Tips
    Sources: National Safety Council, New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, Washington State Government Information & Services


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    2. I must say that this is the most beneficial post i have ever read. Thus, every driver should consider these tips for safe and secure driving.

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    3. These are indeed very helpful tips while on the road not just for mothers but to all road users especially during the winter season. the weather can be unpredictable and so we should be alert while driving. Private as well as Des Plaines taxi cab drivers need to remember that safety is their number one concern to avoid car problems or accidents. Thanks to informative blog posts such as this one, we are reminded to become responsible road users.

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    5. It’s a great post and very helpful to drive in a snowy weather. You are right about turning on the light for the visibility of your vehicles for the other because in the snowy whether light not shine clearly. driving school in Brampton

    6. I think these tips can help us to drive safely during the winter weather. We can act upon these guidelines to prevent ourselves from accidents on the icy roads.
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    7. Nice article. I want to say that there are three thumb rules for pedestrians to cross the road.

      1. Stop
      2. Look
      3. Hear

      After doing these three things on the road you can cross it safely.

      Thanks for the tips about driving on snow. I will follow it.
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    8. Driving in winter weather.. snow, ice, wet and cold creates a great challenge for vehicles and drivers. Keeping your vehicle in good technical repair reduces your overall chances for any mishap or disaster while driving particularly in winter weather. Driving Schools in Dallas


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