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Winter Driving Tips
 For a start – you should acquire a healthy respect for cold weather, snow and ice. They are demanding on both car and driver. As cold affects the human body, it also affects metal, rubber and other materials in your car. It can reduce the effectiveness of you vehicle’s battery by at least 50%. It can freeze tires flat on the bottom for at least the first half-mile of travel. It can thicken your car’s lubricants, making starting harder and an engine warm-up an absolute necessity before you pull out of the driveway. 

 • Be able to see and be seen – Clean frost and snow off all windows, mirrors, lights and reflectors. Equip your car with good wiper blades and keep an ample supply of windshield washer fluid. If visibility is poor, use your full headlamps. 

 • Get a feel for the road when you first start out. Careful acceleration to test wheel-spin and gentle braking to test skidding will dictate how fast you can safely travel. 

 • Be gentle with both the accelerator and the brakes as you drive. A light foot on the gas is less likely to produce wheel spinning on ice and snow. Braking is best accomplished by an easier pumping action on the pedal (unless you have Anti-Lock Braking System – ABS). Locking the brakes will cause loss of steering control. 

 • Stretch your following distance – Ice or snow can increase your stopping distance from 3 to 10 times. 

 •Make turns slowly and gradually, especially at heavily traveled intersection which can become “polished” by repeated slipping and sliding of tires. Brake before you come to a curve, not while you are in it. 

 • Turn into the direction of the skid if the rear of your car breaks traction and begins to slide. Count on at least a small second skid as the car straightens out and be prepared to counter this sliding action too. 

 • Scattered slippery spots and ice patches can cause problems. Stay away from the brake, take your foot off the gas and steer as straight as possible until your car slows to a safe speed. 

 • You can avoid a collision by intentionally steering your car off the road and into a snow bank in an emergency situation. You may get stuck, but you’ll avoid an accident and possible damage and injury. 

 Courtesy of MN Dept of Public Safety

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