As the days begin to get shorter and the temperatures get lower, there is only one thing on a New Englander’s mind. Winter. Though this festive season is filled with celebrations and new beginnings, it also brings everyone’s favorite precipitation home for the holidays. That’s right, snow. One of the biggest challenges that comes with typical New England snowfall is hazardous driving conditions. Below are some tips on how to keep you and your family safe on the roads this winter.
Before you leave home:
-Avoid using your parking brake.
-Make sure your tires are properly inflated.
-Never warm up your car in an enclosed space, like a garage.
-Always keep your gas tank at least half full to avoid a gas line freeze up.
-Clear off all snow and ice from your car roof, windows, windshields, and mirrors.
-Clear snow from your exhaust pipe to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.
-Make sure your car is equipped with all wheel drive, snow tires, or snow chains.
-Pack an extra shovel, blankets, ice melt/sand, flashlight, and bottled water in case you become snow-bound.
On the road:
-Do not use cruise control on slippery surfaces.
-When caught on ice, always look and steer where you want the car to go.
-Accelerate and decelerate slowly.
-Do not stop going uphill.
-Increase your the distance from the car in front of you from the normal 3-4 seconds to 8-10 seconds.
Do not be afraid to pull safely off the road if you are unable to drive during a snow squall or on a winter day. Always remember that staying off the roads is the safest option during a snowstorm or blizzard. ______________________________________________________________
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