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Driving in Snow and Ice
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Source:  Naval Safety Center
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  • If you don't have to drive--don't!  But if you must, drive defensively and smart.


  • Before beginning your trip, know the current road conditions.  Go to (State Police website)


  • Be alert for potential driving hazards including downed branches, trees, electric lines and icy areas, such as shady spots and bridges.


  • Leave a few minutes early to allow extra time to get to your destination.


  • Slow down. Triple the usual distance between your car and the one ahead.


  • Stay in the plowed lane; avoid driving over the ridges between the plowed areas. If you must switch lanes, slow down, signal and move over slowly.


  • Don't pass a snowplow or spreader unless it is absolutely necessary.


  • Don't park along the street.  Snowplow drivers can't fully clear a road if cars are in their way.


  • If you skid, steer into the skid. If the back of your car is skidding to the left, for example, turn the steering wheel to the left.


  • Don't pump your brakes, and avoid locking them up. If your brakes lock, take your foot off the brake pedal for a moment.


  • If you're involved in a fender-bender, move the cars out of the lanes of travel.


  • Keep an emergency winter driving kit with a blanket and flashlight in the car.


  • While driving, keep your headlights on. Keep snow and ice off your mirrors, windows and lights.


  • As always, wears your seatbelts.


  • If your car has an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and you must brake, be sure to press the brake pedal and hold.

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