Weather alert: The same driving rules apply for spring snowstorms as winter snowstorms, when snow, slush and sleet make walking difficult and driving outright dangerous. Good advice for driving in bad weather is simple — don’t.
Please stay off the roads and streets to give priority to snowplows, salting trucks, and emergency response vehicles like ambulances and fire trucks.
If you absolutely must drive, go slower than usual and steer, accelerate and brake more gently than usual to avoid skids.
The blizzard conditions of snow, slush and sleet and strong winds predicted for New York City and the northeast tonight and overnight is especially dangerous because of “black ice”. That’s when asphalt freezes with a thin coat of ice a driver can’t see, and the car goes out of control.
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Driving in spring snowstorms is treacherous even for good drivers in vehicles with anti-lock brakes, traction control and all-season tires.
If you absolutely must drive, remember these ice, sleet and snow driving safety tips:
- Accelerate and brake gently. Spinning your wheels just makes things worse — worse for you and also worse for the next driver that hits the super slippery patch you left behind.
- Leave extra distance between your car and the one in front of you, because you’ll need extra distance to stop when necessary.
- If you start to skid, look at where you want to go and steer to get there. Steer gently, because quick and jerky steering can make the skid even worse.
- Make sure the windshield reservoir is full, since you’ll be using a lot to keep the windshield clear of road salt and grime.
- Don’t depend on all the high-tech safety systems in your vehicle. ABS and traction control are there to help, but they cannot take the place of good, sensible driving.
- And remember, even if you keep control of your vehicle, not everybody else will.
Here are more tips from a source I trust, Edmunds.com.
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