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Thursday, October 1, 2009

5 things to remember for winter driving

1. Be prepared, make sure your car is fully equipped to handle all the snow and ice on the roads. Change to snow tires. Have an emergency kit in your car in case you get stranded in a snow storm. Your kit should include water, non perishable food, a flash light, a small shovel in case you have to dig snow out from under your wheels. If you get stuck in the snow, don't spin your wheels, you'll just be getting yourself deeper and deeper. Move your wheels back and forth to clear out snow and then rock your car back and forth to get the momentum to get out of the snow pack.

2. Slow down, black ice can form anywhere and once you hit it there is no stopping. Make sure you keep your distance from other cars. In the event that you start to slide depending on what type of breaks you have you will want to break slowly. If you have ABS brakes slowly ease into the break and you'll feel a pulse, which means they are working. If you have standard breaks pump your breaks, if you put full pressure on your breaks your chances of sliding out of control are greater.

3. Look ahead, if you are heading for a light be prepared that you might need to stop break sooner if you need to make a stop. During the winter months in Utah deer and other wild life come down from the mountains in search for food. Keep a look out for movement on the side of the road, if you see a deer crossing the street chances are they are not alone. Deer travel in packs.

4. Don't assume your vehicle can handle all conditions, just because you have a SUV with 4wheel drive doesn't mean you can go full speed down the road. Know the limits of your car by reading the drivers manual.

5. Avoid driving in snow storms if you can. The best way to stay out of danger is to stay off the roads during a storm.

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