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Tips for Driving in Snow and Ice

Normally, the spring wouldn’t be an opportune time to post tips for driving in snow and ice, but with winter storm Virgil slamming the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic over the weekend, we felt it appropriate.  We  hope these help in a time of need.  Please be safe out there and try to keep your driving to a minimum!

Driving Safely in Snow and Ice

  • Decrease your speed and leave yourself plenty of room to stop.
  • Brake gently to avoid skidding.  If your wheels start to lock up, ease off the brake.
  • Turn on your lights to increase your visibility to other motorists.
  • Keep your lights and windshield clean.
  • Use low gears to keep traction.
  • DO NOT use cruise control or overdrive.

If you get stuck…

  • DO NOT spin you wheels, this will only dig you in deeper.
  • Turn your wheels from side to side a few times to push snow out of the way.
  • Use a light touch on the gas to ease car out.
  • If needed, lay cardboard in front of wheels, or pour sand, gravel or kitty litter to help gain traction.

These tips will help you “weather” the poor conditions! Please remember not to assume that your vehicle can handle ALL conditions.  Some vehicles just don’t perform well in certain conditions.  The best way to avoid problems like these is to limit your driving time in poor conditions.  Please call us if you have any problems or questions whatsoever!  Thanks!

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