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How should you drive in winter weather?

       SLOW DOWN! - speed limits are posted for ideal travel conditions. Driving at reduced speeds is the best precautionary measure against any misfortune while driving on slippery roads.

      Black ice is invisible. Be alert. Black ice will make a road look like shiny new asphalt.
Pavement should look grey-white in winter.

       Don’t use your cruise control. Winter driving requires you to be in full control at all times.

       Reduce your speed when you approach intersections covered with ice or snow.

       Allow for extra traveling time or even consider delaying a trip if the weather is bad.

       Drive with low-beam headlights on. Not only are they brighter than daytime running lights but turning them on also activates the tail lights. This makes your vehicle more visible.

        Lengthen your following distance behind the vehicle ahead of you. Stopping


distance on an icy road is double that of stopping on a dry one.

      Stay in the right-hand lane except when passing and use turn signals when changing lanes.

        Steer with smooth and precise movements. Changing lanes too quickly and jerky steering
while braking or accelerating can cause skidding.

 Be aware and slow down when you see a sign warning that you are approaching a bridge. Steel and concrete bridges are likely to be icy even when there is no ice on the asphalt surface. (Bridges over open air cool down faster than roads which tend to be insulated somewhat by solid ground.)

        Consider getting off the road before getting stranded if the weather is worsening.

      Be patient and pass other cars only when it’s safe. What should you do if you start to skid?

      Above all, DO NOT PANIC!

    Look where you want your vehicle to go and steer in this direction.


     Disconnect the driving force on the drive wheels by doing either of the following

  If you're using automatic transmission, shift to neutral. However, if you cannot do that immediately, do not touch the transmission gear.  If you're using manual transmission, declutch.

How should you brake on a slippery road?

If the emergency does not require slamming the brakes as hard as possible, squeeze braking (also known as threshold braking) along with declutching (manual shift) or shifting to neutral
(automatic transmission) will do the job most efficiently.

Braking without anti-lock brakes

 Use the heel-and-toe method. Keep your heel on the floor and use your toes to press the brake pedal firmly just short of locking up the wheels.    Release the pressure on the pedal, and press again in the same way.

    Repeat this until you come to a full stop. Braking with anti-lock brakes

Also use heel-and-toe method, but do not remove your foot from the brake pedal until the
vehicle comes to a complete stop.