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5 tips to avoid Car Accidents in Snow and Ice

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Cold weather can make for some of the harshest driving conditions of the year.

When the temperature drops and the snow flies, it is important for drivers to increase their attention on the road. With proper preparation, some preventative driving measures, and weather awareness, drivers can protect themselves and their vehicles during the winter months.

Here are some useful tips to make winter driving safer.

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Check your visibility

Add a de-icer to your windshield washer fluid.

Make sure your windshield wipers are free of ice before you hit the road - and consider upgrading to new ones before the snow arrives

Check that all mirrors are clean.

Clean your headlights and check that the bulbs are working properly.

Reduce speed

When there is snow or ice on the road, slow down.

Leave more distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you.

Do not use cruise control on icy roads.

Be careful on bridges, viaducts, and infrequently traveled roads as these can be slippery with ice.

If the rear wheels slip

Take your foot off the accelerator

Turn in the direction you want the front wheels to go. If the rear wheels are sliding to the left, keep to the left. If they are sliding to the right, keep to the right.

If you have brakes without ABS, pump gently

If you have brakes with ABS, apply steady pressure to the brakes.

If the front wheels slip

Take your foot off the accelerator and shift to neutral, but do not try to turn the steering wheel immediately.

As the wheels skid sideways, they will slow the vehicle and traction will return. While doing so, maneuver in the direction you want to go. Then put the transmission in drive or release the clutch and accelerate gently.

Prepare for a snow day

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If your vehicle is rear-wheel drive, put sandbags to make your vehicle easier to control.

Travel with a kit of gloves, hat, water, granola bars, flashlight and extra batteries, extra cell phone battery, flares, wooden matches in a waterproof container, compass, scissors, ropes, and first aid kit.

Prepare a digging toolbox with a folding shovel, planks to put under tires, ice scraper and snow brush, reflective triangles, flares, and windshield wiper.

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