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snow and wind make driving extremely hazardous. In fact, the adverse weather
conditions create double trouble.
traffic, winding curves and steep hills make driving difficult enough during
normal conditions. But, when we combine these road conditions with wind and wet
weather, a whole new set of circumstances are introduced.
must adjust our driving for these conditions. Keep your distance. Remember, you
need a lot more room to stop on slippery roads. Anticipate stops and slow down
gradually. Be extra cautious at intersections.
driving on a slippery surface, never slam on your brakes. These sudden stops can
throw you into a skid. If your vehicle is not equipped with anti-lock
brakes keep steering control and wheels rolling by pumping the brake pedal.
brake systems (ABS) offer many benefits to the driver in hard braking
situations. They reduce the
possibility of skidding due to wheel lock-up and provide improved steering
control. If your vehicle is
equipped with anti-lock brakes, just hold the brake pedal down with a firm and
constant pressure. The brake pedal
may feel hard or may seem to ratchet or pulsate.
You may also hear a noise. Do
not pump the brake - just hold the brake pedal down with firm pressure and
let the ABS work for you. Be ready
to push the pedal further if it travels closer to the floor.
acceleration and too hard braking cause most skids, but a sudden steering
movement can also whip your vehicle into a slide. Slow down well ahead of turns
and curves. Plan ahead for lane changes and move into them gradually. Be sure to
signal your intentions to traffic behind.
you do go into a skid, follow these rules:
Don't hit your brakes or over steer.
Take your foot off the gas and steer in the direction the rear of the car
is sliding. That is, if the rear of the vehicle slides right, turn your wheels
right. If your rear slides left, turn wheels to the left.
When you feel the recovery, straighten your wheels and roll on.
danger of trailer jack knifing is also present on wet roads. What happens is
that the speed of trailer surpasses that of the vehicle creating a hinging
effect. The trailer whips around with great force, throwing the vehicle out of
vehicle maintenance is important throughout the year. However, during inclement
weather, we rely on vehicle equipment that we sometimes take for granted. Before
each trip, make sure all lights are working properly. Check your windshield
wipers, tire pressure, heater defroster, and be sure you are carrying a set of
tire chains. One of the few good feelings about driving in bad weather is
knowing that you're in a safe vehicle.
prepared for the unexpected. Keep your vehicle in top notch condition, increase
your following distance and adjust your speed accordingly.
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