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Stopping in Snow or Ice

Posted Dec 28 2010 7:47am

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skidding_pic2.jpg The other night, we were driving home from seeing "Gulliver's Travels" and the roads were downright treacherous. In fact, when we had to climb an incredibly steep hill, the car started swerving to the right and left and I gripped the door handle in fright. Of course, the kids had no clue anything was going on as my husband drove about 7 miles an hour. Thankfully, we made it home but after watching a segment on "The Today" show this morning, I thought it would be helpful to share their tips on how to stay safe while driving in the snow and ice. Plus, I've added a few tips of my own!

TODAY SHOW TIPS...
1. Do not speed when driving on snow and ice. I know that sounds pretty logical, but many people don't realize how fast they're going until it's too late. According to "Today," it's four times harder to stop your car when you are attempting to brake on ice.

2. Do not try to brake and turn at the same time. You should do one or the other - otherwise, you could skid or spin out of of control.

3. If your car has anti-lock brakes, apply solid pressure on the brakes (don't pump them) - that will enable the tires to keep rolling. If you don't have anti-lock brakes, you can pump them.

4. Look where you want to go. Look torward the solution - not toward the problem. That means if you are skidding, turn the wheel where you want to go - not into the skid.

5. Put kitty litter under your tires before you leave - that actually gives you traction! (I knew that kitty litter was good for something).

OUR TIPS...
6. Apply snow tires or snow chains on your car. Since we've already had our first major blizzard, better safe than sorry.

7. You can take a defensive driving class that will give you a refresher course on how to drive in inclement weather and taking the class might even help reduce your insurance rates.

8. If the conditions are too dangerous...DON'T DRIVE and use public transportation!

9. If you are not confident driving in the snow, select a more experienced designated driver who can drive your car.

10. If you are the parent of a new teen driver, DO NOT LET THEM DRIVE!!!

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