Winter Weather Driving Tips

With freezing drizzle and light snow expected tonight, roads are going to get slippery throughout the night. That forecast got us to thinking, how many of us actually remember the safe driving habits we were taught when learning how to drive? The truth be told, probably not many. But don't worry, NewsChannel 7 went back to drivers ed to get a refresher course.

Safety on the roads starts even before you get in the car and it should start with a snow brush. Many of us brush off our windshields and windows. But, let's be honest, how much time do we really spend making sure the rest of our car is clean? If you want to ensure your safety and the safety of those around you, make sure you clear all the snow off your car before you pull out. That includes the roof, hood and headlights.

Once you're on the roads, driving instructors say they're advice is simple, drive slow. This can mean driving under the posted speed limit. If you feel like you're loosing control, take your foot off the gas. If you start to fishtail, turn into the slide.

"What you're suppose to do is whatever direction you want to go is the way you turn. Another way you can look at it is you keep the front of the car ahead of the back of the car. So if you're back end is going to the right you want to turn right," drivers ed instructor Peggy Olbrantz advised.

After you get your vehicle moving straight, stopping can also be an issue. When you approach an intersection you should take your foot off the gas about half a block in advance. Then, apply gentle pressure to the break.

It's important to remember every car is different. If you have anti-lock brakes, you're going to want to apply consistent pressure to stop. But if you have standard brakes, you're going to want to pump them.

If all else fails, stay home.


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