With wintry weather covering our state, not to mention the entire region, and most of the east coast, for that matter, we thought it might be a good time to review tips for driving in icy conditions.

Don’t Go

Sometimes you really do have to, but if roads are icy and there are advisories to stay off the roads, stay off the roads. That is obviously the number one thing anyone can do to avoid an accident on icy roads.

Buckle Up

Buckling your seat belt should be as automatic as waking up in the morning. In case it isn’t, though, make sure to buckle your seat belt. Studies have shown that thousands of lives would be saved if just 90% of Americans wore seat belts. When automobiles are slipping and sliding all over the road, buckling up is even more important.

Be Aware

Pay attention. Pay attention to the weather. Pay attention to other drivers. You are not the only person on the road, and many accidents involve multiple vehicles. Pay attention to where you are. Try to avoid hills and curvy roads.

Easy on the Brakes

Antilock breaks don’t work great in slippery conditions. It’s harder to steer your car when your brakes lock up. Slow down early and keep a good distance between vehicles so you can apply your brakes more slowly.

Turn INTO a Slide

Fishtailing is a stressful and difficult thing to overcome, but it’s not impossible. You need to turn your wheels in the direction the rear of the car is sliding. Look out though- it’s easy to overcorrect, in which case you’ll need to turn the opposite direction.

Don’t Stop

Altruism is a great thing, but it’s best not to stop to help other people in icy conditions. You can slide into a ditch or get hit by another car when you pull over. The best thing to do if you see someone in need is to call 911 the authorities, who are better trained and equipped for dealing with such situations.

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