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LIST | Tips for staying safe when driving in winter weather

It's the middle of a winter storm, but you need to drive somewhere, what do you do? Here are some ways you can stay safe.

TOLEDO, Ohio — Our weather team is predicting severe snow storms this week and we wanted to make sure you are prepared before you hit the road.

Drivers should know the safety rules for dealing with winter road emergencies. AAA urges drivers to be cautious while driving in adverse weather.

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Tips for Driving in the Snow:

  • Stay home. Only go out if necessary. Even if you can drive well in bad weather, it’s better to avoid taking unnecessary risks by venturing out.
  • Drive slowly. Always adjust your speed down to account for lower traction when driving on snow or ice.
  • Accelerate and decelerate slowly. Apply the gas slowly to regain traction and avoid skids. Don’t try to get moving in a hurry and take time to slow down for a stoplight. Remember: It takes longer to slow down on icy roads.
  • Increase your following distance to five or six seconds. This increased margin of safety will provide the longer distance needed if you must stop.
  • Know your brakes. Whether you have anti-lock brakes or not, keep the heel of your foot on the floor and use the ball of your foot to apply firm, steady pressure on the brake pedal.

Another helpful tip is always to stay connected before hitting the road let people know where you’re going just in case of an emergency

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