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Sunday, November 17, 2013

Winter Driving Tips

• Drive according to the weather conditions – which usually means slow down and leave extra space.
• Install four winter tires. Make certain your tires are properly inflated.
• Plan your route so that you aren't making erratic maneuvers on the road.
• When driving on ice or snow, allow plenty of room to stop and start.
• Drive with headlights on to increase your visibility to other motorists
• Maintain a safe distance between your vehicle and others. Stopping takes longer on snowy and icy roads.
• Do not use cruise control on wet, snowy or icy highways.
• Keep your gas tank full to prevent the gas line from freezing and to maximize traction on slick roads.
• Stay on well-travelled roads if possible.
• Be sure all windows, lights, mirrors and license plates are free of snow.
• Keep a Winter Road Side Safety and Emergency Kit in your car at all times, including an ice scraper/snow brush, first aid kit, jumper cables, a flashlight and a warm blanket.
• Let others know about your route and your expected arrival time.
• Always wear your seat belt.
• Avoid driving in poor weather conditions whenever possible.
• Avoid driving while you're fatigued. Getting the proper amount of rest before taking on winter weather tasks reduces driving risks.
• Never warm up a vehicle in an enclosed area, such as a garage.
• Avoid using your parking brake in cold, rainy and snowy weather.
• Always look and steer where you want to go.
• Use your seat belt every time you get into your vehicle.
• If the weather is really bad, just stay home

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