LETS BE READY FOR WINTER WEATHER
1. Focus Attention on Driving. Avoid distractions like cell phones, radio, pets, kids. Be prepared to drive slower, steer more smoothly and brake sooner.
2. Maintain Safe Following Distance. In bad weather increase your following distance. It takes longer to stop on wet, snow covered roadways. Look ahead and keep plenty of distance between you and other vehicles when visibility is reduced because of rain, snow or fog.
3. Reduce Speed. The posted speed is the maximum speed under the best conditions. No matter how much experience you have, how your vehicle moves on snow or ice is always unpredictable.
4. Watch for Black Ice. Roadways like shaded areas, bridges and overpasses freeze sooner than other areas. Black Ice, a thin almost invisible ice coating, can form and cause your vehicle’s tires to suddenly lose contact with the pavement.
5. Accelerate and Brake slowly. Start slowly and accelerate gradually to maintain traction and avoid spinning your wheels. When slowing or stopping, plan well in advance, lightly apply the brakes and slowly add pressure. It is best to do all of your braking in a straight line before making a turn so your tires have a chance to grip better.
6. Avoid Sudden Moves. Slow down, steer smoothly to avoid skidding. Accelerate gently, brake carefully and early, turn slowly. Anticipate lane changes, turns and stops well before they need to occur. Avoid unexpected or quick movements that can put you in a spin.
7. Know How to Handle a Skid. A skid is a direct result of driving too fast for road conditions. When you start to skid, ease off the brake or accelerator, look and steer smoothly in the direction you want to go. Be careful not to over-steer. If you are on ice and skidding in a straight line, shift to neutral or step on the clutch to help slow down and regain control.
8. See and be seen. It is critical to see and be seen in low light conditions and when blowing snow impairs visibility. Use your headlights. Good rule: Wipers ON = Headlights ON.
9. Be extremely cautious when approaching highway maintenance vehicles such as snow plows and salt trucks. Always maintain a safe following distance.
As always thank you! BE SAFE!