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regularly to be sure winterizing is effective.
the anti‑freeze in radiators and windshield washers. Check battery charge
and fluid level. Check the exhaust system. Check wipers, and lights, and
defrosters, and brakes, tire pressure and tire treads. Check everything that
might affect the safety of your trip during the winter months.
the tool box in your vehicle to see that it contains the winter emergency
equipment recommended by the National Safety Council; two or three clean rags,
attitudes might need changing to prepare for winter.
and adopt new driving patterns for winter. The smooth, dry road surfaces of last
summer are gone, and a different approach is needed if motor vehicles of any
kind are to be guided over pavements made treacherous by ice, snow and rain.
of all, keep in mind the certainty that traffic is going to be slowed by
slippery roads, so get an earlier start, allowing more time than usual for a
of the treacherous footing, be prepared for an out if something happens up
ahead, increase following distance. You must have more room for stopping—an
extra space cushion. If the lead vehicle slows down, hits a dry patch of
pavement and slows too suddenly for you to stop on slick pavement, you're in
and being seen is especially important in winter. Dull, cloudy days, will cut
down visibility, so drive with low‑beam headlights on. Other drivers are
likely to see your lights more readily than the outline of your vehicle against
drivers have found they can get their vehicles moving much better with a slow
start on ice and snow then they can by tromping on the gas. They know, too, that
slick pavements demand lower speeds than normal. No matter how good your brakes
are, you can't control high speed if the tires don't grip the pavement. Many a
futile attempt to make an emergency stop on winter roads has proven this.
on curves can be avoided by slowing down beforehand, then accelerating lightly
after you start to make the curve.
you must go through, regardless of snow and icy roads, reinforced tire chains
are the best insurance to provide traction, aid in stopping and to avoid
to "winterize" your thinking when you must drive on slippery roads.
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