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Posted on: October 15, 2018

Winter Driving Tips

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Public Safety reminds drivers of simple steps to take when driving on snow-covered and icy roads.  

  • Steer, break and accelerate slowly.
  • Slow down and increase distances between cars.
  • Slow down well before you need to stop as stopping distances are longer on snow-packed and icy roads.
  • Slow down before a curve.
  • Be aware of black ice.
  • Enter roadways cautiously--don't cut in front of other vehicles.
  • Steer into a skid.
  •  Know your breaks: stomp on antilock brakes, pump on non-antilock brakes.

Be cautious around plows:

  • Slow down and give snow plow tucks ample space to maneuver freely. Plow trucks are large vehicles that do not slow down, stop or turn as quickly as cars and trucks.
  • Avoid driving alongside the plows. Because of the height and length of the plow trucks, a plow driver's field of vision is limited; you may not be seen by the driver.
  • Never pass a snowplow on the right as you will be caught in hard snow, ice and rock thrown by the plow blade.

If a crash results in an injury, call 911 immediately.  If there are no injuries, call Public Safety at 970-926-2335.

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