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10 Winter Driving Tips

10 Winter Driving Tips

Here are a few things you should know before you venture out on slick streets.

  1. Carry a cell phone in case of an emergency. It may save your life or someone else’s.
  2. During winter months keep your car’s gas tank at least one half full at all times. You don’t want to be stuck on empty when idling in winter traffic jambs.
  3. If stuck in traffic, crack your driver’s window slightly to keep carbon monoxide fumes from building up in the passenger compartment.
  4. Make sure your car is in top mechanical condition. You don’t want a break down when the temperature is sub-zero outside. 
  5. Remember when driving on slick surfaces to increase your following distance. This will greatly reduce your risk of an accident by giving you a greater stopping distance.
  6. You should never multi-task (texting, reading, eating, etc.) while driving, especially in winter. All of your attention should be on keeping your vehicle under control and watching your surroundings. 
  7. If roads are snow covered, stay home except in an emergency. If you have to travel on snow covered roads,  stay in the tracks made by the vehicles in front of you.
  8. Brake and accelerate gently. Any sudden movements and you may end up in a ditch, or worse.
  9. Watch out for other drivers. Just because you have the right of way, don’t assume the other driver can get stopped for you.
  10. Go slow! 
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  1. peter

    September 30, 2009

    i kinda thought that these might be techniques to use while driving. these are retarded and everyone should do them by common sense. no help at all

  2. Thomas West

    September 30, 2009

    Sorry you feel that way! I sincerely hope you don’t drive on winter roads in my area…

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