• Drive slowly. Itís harder to control or stop your vehicle on a slick or snow-covered surface. On the road, increase your following distance enough so that youíll have plenty of time to stop for vehicles ahead of you.
  • Know whether your vehicle has an antilock brake system and learn how to use it properly. Antilock brake systems prevent your wheels from locking up during braking. If you have antilock brakes, apply firm, continuous pressure to the brake pedal. If you donít have antilock brakes, you may need to pump your brakes if you feel your wheels starting to lock up.
  • Donít crowd a snow plow or travel beside it. Snow plows travel slowly, make wide turns, stop often, overlap lanes, and exit the road frequently.
  • The road behind an active snow plow is safer to drive on. If you find yourself behind a snow plow, stay behind it or use caution when passing.
  • When you are driving behind a snow plow, donít follow or stop too closely. A snow plow operatorís field-of-vision is limited; if you canít see the mirrors, the driver canít see you. Also, materials used to de-ice the road could hit your vehicle.
  • Snow plows can throw up a cloud of snow that can reduce your visibility to zero in less time than you can react. Never drive into a snow cloud Ė it can conceal vehicles or hazards.

If you are stopped or stalled in wintry weather, follow these safety rules:

  • Stay with your car and donít overexert yourself.
  • Put bright markers on the antenna or windows and keep the interior dome light turned on.
  • To avoid asphyxiation from carbon monoxide poisoning, donít run your car for long periods of time with the windows up or in an enclosed space.†If you must run your vehicle, clear the exhaust pipe of any snow and run it only sporadically ó just long enough to stay warm.

For more information click here: https://www.nhtsa.gov/winter-driving-tips

 

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