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Tips for Driving Safely on Icy Roads

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Tips for Driving Safely on Icy Roads

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Yes, again winter is almost upon us. That means snow and ice – great for the snowman builder – bad for the road warriors.

 

With winter comes the dire threat of driving on ice. Snow is one thing, but ice is another. Even a four-wheel drive vehicle struggles to maintain traction on ice. That’s why you see pickups and SUVs in ditches on wintry days.

The best advice is to simply not drive on untreated roads. Of course, that, sometimes, is not practical. So, how does one approach the icy road? The Weather Channel posted a video with sage advice on the subject. Please watch and make sure you understand the perils.

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Slow Down. Slower speeds allow for more control and greater reaction ability. Make sure you give yourself extra time on the icy roads.

 

Easy on the Brakes. Give yourself added room to maneuver and to slow down. The best anti-lock brakes still have trouble on ice.

 

Steer into the Slide. This seems counter-intuitive but it is the best way to control a slide. And it will prevent a spinout.

 

Stay off Hills. We’ve all see the “garbage trucks on ice” videos. Funny but dangerous. Once you start sliding down a hill there is little chance of stopping or correcting. Another pro tip: try not to stop on a hill or the top of a hill, even for a stop sign. Stopping means potential backsliding.

 

Let the Professionals Handle Accidents. If you’re tempted to help a disabled motorist, don’t. Call 911 and leave it to the pros. Otherwise you run the risk of becoming another victim and possibly turning a single vehicle accident into a pileup.

 

We all have places to go, even in the iciest of conditions. Winter driving is a challenge but it is not impossible. If you have to do it, just remember these easy tips. Slow down, give yourself extra time, and allow for greater distances.

 

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