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TIPS FOR DRIVING IN SNOWY AND ICY CONDITIONS

Winter storms and sloppy road conditions are factors in nearly half a million crashes and more than 2,000 road deaths every winter, according to research by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

We recommend the following tips for driving in snowy and icy conditions.

• Stay home if possible. Even if you can drive well in bad weather, it’s better to avoid unnecessary risks.

• Drive slowly. Accelerate and decelerate gradually.

• Increase your following distance by five to six seconds.

• Don’t stop if you can avoid it. If you can slow down enough to keep rolling until a traffic light changes, do it.

• As you approach the crest of the hill, reduce your speed, and proceed downhill slowly.

• Don’t stop when going up a hill. There’s nothing worse than trying to begin moving up a hill when the road is icy.

Be sure to download the AAA Mobile app so that you can reach us quickly in case of emergency.

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1 Motor Vehicle Crashes, Injuries, and Deaths in Relation to Weather Conditions, United States, 2010–2014, published by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.
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