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Winter tips

Staying safe on the roadways

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Motorists should use caution during the commute into work and school.

AAA is reminding motorists to drive safe out there with these helpful tips:

1. Don’t continue at the same speed you would be traveling in clear, dry conditions

  • Avoid driving if you are fatigued. Getting the proper amount of rest before taking on winter weather tasks reduces driving risks
  • Never warm up a vehicle in an enclosed area, such as a garage
  • Use your seat belt every time you get in your vehicle
  • Be sure your tires are properly inflated
  • Never mix radial tires with other tire types
  • Rain, snow and ice can dramatically reduce your tires’ traction
  • Drivers should slow down to regain the traction that is lost due to the weather
  • Keep your gas tank at least half full to avoid gas line freeze-up

2. Do not brake and turn at the same time

  • Asking your vehicle to do two things at a time makes it more likely that your tires will lose traction
  • Always look and steer where you want to go
  • Brake first, then turn, then accelerate.
  • Do not use cruise control while driving on slippery surface (wet, oil, sand)

3. Don’t follow behind other vehicles as closely as you would when driving in clear, dry conditions

  • Slick roads means your vehicle cannot slow down as quickly.
  • Increase following distances to a minimum of 5-6 seconds.
  • Always keep open space to at least one side of your vehicle, in case you need make an emergency lane change maneuver.

4. Don’t be rough with your steering, acceleration and braking.

  • If you’re not gentle with steering, acceleration and braking, your vehicle’s balance can be negatively affected, increasing the chance of experiencing a skid.
  • Always steer, accelerate and brake smoothly.

5. Don’t hit the brakes if you start to skid

  • Slamming on the brakes can make the skid even worse.
  • If skidding, continue to look and steer the vehicle in the direction you want to go. 

6. Tips for long-distance winter trips:

  • Watch weather reports prior to a long-distance drive or before driving in isolated areas. Delay trips when especially bad weather is expected. If you must leave, let others know your route, destination and estimated time of arrival
  • Always make sure your vehicle is in peak operating condition by having it inspected by a AAA Approved Auto Repair facility.
  • Keep at least a half tank of gasoline in your vehicle at all times
  • Pack a cellular telephone with your local AAA's telephone number, plus blankets, gloves, hats, food, water and any needed medication in your vehicle

For more driving tips, check out the AAA website.

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