Driving Tips for Snow and Ice Road Conditions

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If you’re driving on snowy or ice roadways, be extra cautious.

1. Allow yourself extra time to reach your destination.

2. If you must drive in snowy conditions, make sure your car is prepared and that you know how to handle road conditions.

3. Decrease your speed and leave yourself plenty of room to stop.

4. Break gentle to avoid skidding. If your wheels lock up, ease off the brakes.

5. Turn on your lights to increase your visibility to other motorists.

6. Keep your lights and windshield clean.

7. Use low gears to keep traction, especially on hills.

8. Don’t use cruise control or overdrive on icy roads.

9. Be especially careful on bridges, overpasses and infrequently traveled road, 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.

10. 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.

11. Don’t assume your vehicle can handle all conditions. Even four-wheel and front-wheel drive vehicles can encounter trouble on winter roads.

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