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Jan 24

Winter Driving Tips from the Cary Police and AAA

Posted on January 24, 2020 at 11:17 AM by Susan Greene

AAA recommends the following winter driving tips:

  • Avoid driving while you're 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.
  • Make certain your tires are properly inflated and have plenty of tread.
  • Keep your gas tank at least half full to avoid gas line freeze-up.
  • Do not use cruise control when driving on any slippery surface such as on ice and snow.
  • Before hitting the road, notify others and let them know your route, destination and estimated time of arrival.
  • Use your seat belt every time you get into your vehicle.
Tips for driving in the snow:
  • Accelerate and decelerate slowly. Apply the gas slowly to regain traction and avoid skids. Don't try to get moving in a hurry and take time to slow down for a stoplight. Remember: it takes longer to slow down on icy roads.
  • Drive slowly. Always adjust your speed down to account for lower traction when driving on snow or ice.
  • Increase your following distance to five or six seconds. This increased margin of safety will provide the longer distance needed if you have to stop.
  • Know your brakes. Whether you have anti-lock brakes or not, 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.
  • Don't power up hills. Applying extra gas on snow-covered roads just starts your wheels spinning. Try to get a little inertia going before you reach the hill and let that inertia carry you to the top. As you reach the crest of the hill, reduce your speed and proceed downhill as slowly as possible.
  • Don't stop when going up a hill. There's nothing worse than trying to get moving up a hill on an icy road. Get some inertia going on a flat roadway before you take on the hill.
  • Stay Home! If you really don't have to go out, don't. Even if you can drive well in the snow, not everyone else can. Don't tempt fate: if you don't have somewhere you have to be, watch the snow from indoors!