Here in New England, we’re no strangers to Winter weather, but it doesn’t hurt to go over some Winter driving tips and to share them with your teen driver or less experienced driver friends in general. Motor Vehicle Safety is especially important during these icy, snowy months. 

Tips For Driving In The Snow

  • Accelerate and decelerate slowly. …
  • Drive slowly. …
  • The normal dry pavement following distance of three to four seconds should be increased to eight to ten seconds. …
  • Know your brakes. …
  • Don’t stop if you can avoid it. …
  • Don’t power up hills. …
  • Don’t stop going up a hill. …
  • Stay home.

Tips to Stay Safe While Driving on Black Ice:

  • Do not hit the brakes, instead keep your steering wheel steady. Lift your foot off the accelerator.
  • Do not overcorrect your steering if you feel your car sliding. 

Car Stuck In The Snow?

  • Don’t spin your tires. That will only dig your car in deeper and possibly damage the tires.
  • Put the car in the lowest possible gear and try to back up slowly. Stop. Then move forward, slowly. Ideally, that rocking will help the car gain traction.
  • If that fails, turn the steering wheel and again, try to back up slowly, then move ahead slowly.
  • Still stuck? Get out of the car (make sure it’s in park with the safety brake on) and try to dig out any excess snow around the tires. If you have sand, kitty litter or even an old piece of cardboard, put it under your rear tires before you try to pull out again.

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