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Tips: Staying safe during wintry commute

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - AAA is making sure that drivers are safe and prepared for their morning commute Thursday by offering some helpful traveling tips.

The AAA team offer tips on driving safe and how to prevent locked doors and windows:
  • To prevent skidding and maintain control of your vehicle AAA recommends to keep the heel of your foot on the floor and use the ball of your foot to apply firm, steady pressure on the brake pedal.
  • AAA says with antilock braking systems (ABS) it's important to keep your foot on the brake pedal. Do not pump the pedal or remove your foot from the brake. 
  • As temperatures drop, it's always recommended to be careful on slippery surfaces and to allow plenty of stopping distance.
  • To prevent frozen doors, door locks and windows AAA recommends to wipe down and dry weather strips and surfaces around doors and windows.  According to AAA, applying lubricant (WD40, cooking spray and vaseline) work well.
  • If windows are frozen, do not push on the power window button because it can damage mechanics inside the door and or break the window.
  • According to AAA, if locks are frozen it is smart to use a hair dryer or a commercial deicing product to defrost frozen locks. A lighter can be used to heat a key as well.
  • Using a heater and a defroster is recommended to defrost frozen windshield wipers.   

For more driving tips, check out the AAA website.

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