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How to Drive in Icy Conditions

1.

Make sure all passengers are wearing seat belts.

2.

Use the defroster and windshield wipers for better visibility.

3.

Brake, change speeds and turn slowly.

4.

Give sufficient warning time to other drivers when turning, stopping or changing lanes.

5.

Keep plenty of distance between cars. You never know when you will hit an icy spot.

6.

Pump the brakes slowly and gently if your car doesn't have antilock brakes. Constant pressure can cause them to lock and skid.

7.

If you do skid, turn the wheels into the direction of the skid.

8.

Keep in mind that melting ice is still slippery. Drive slowly so that your tires can push water through their grooves for better traction.

Tips and Warnings

  • Four-wheel-drive cars maneuver better on ice, but that doesn't mean they can stop quickly. Leave plenty of distance between you and other cars. If you pass the same landmark as the car in front of you within 3 seconds, you are following too closely.
  • Put chains on your tires if they are required or recommended by local highway officials.
  • Avoid cruise control when driving on ice.

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