Snow Driving Tips

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Snow Driving Tips
Remember hydroplaning: You are driving on ice and/or water, NOT the actual street.

Brakes: Brake gently to avoid skidding. If your wheels start to lock up, ease off the brake and try again.

Following Distance: Increase your following and stopping distances. A three car length distance is recommended.

Avoid Unnecessary Driving: If you don’t need to go out into the snow, then don’t. This includes going off campus for lunch, especially on a 45 minute lunch schedule.

Double Your Commute Time: Leaving extra early is a decent way to avoid being late.

Accidents: If a crash is inevitable, jerking the wheel will not help to avoid hitting someone or something else.

DON’T SPEED!

Skids: In the event that your car skids, turn your wheel in the direction of the skid.

Lights: Turn down your headlights. If your lights are too bright, you may hinder the views of people in oncoming traffic.

Cruise Control: Avoid using cruise control, on the ice.

Maintenance: Clear snow and ice from your windows, headlights and mirrors, before getting on the road.

Have a safety kit in your car: Always carry a window scraper, mini shovel, gloves, blanket, jumper cables, paper towels, window cleaner, a flashlight and snacks (just to name a few).

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