Safety Tips For Driving in Snowy Conditions

snow 12-8-13 tlsSnow is blanketing the region making driving hazardous and threating the commute. AAA Mid-Atlantic offers the following tips for a safe journey:  

  • Buckle Up Use seat belts every time you are behind the wheel.
  • Reduce speed -Be patient. Doubling or tripling the normal following distance provides more time and distance to react to road conditions, upcoming events and other drivers. Getting there is more important than getting their quickly.
  • Avoid abrupt motions –   Anticipating the need to change lanes, make a turn or react to another driver helps drivers avoid the need for abrupt driving maneuvers.
  • See and Be Seen– Driving with a snow or ice covered windshield, windows, side-view mirrors or head / brake lights invites a crash. Make certain windshield wipers and defrosters work well and use no-freeze windshield washer fluid 

Skidding on a slick surface? 

  • ·         Don’t panic – Be calm. To regain control, take your foot off the brakes OR smoothly take your foot off the accelerator. Steer into the direction you were traveling to regain traction.   Then, begin to accelerate slowly.
  • ·         With anti-lock brakes (ABS) – keep the pedal depressed and do not pump the brakes—this type of braking system performs that function automatically.
  • ·         With non-ABS vehicles – the correct procedure is to apply the brakes firmly. If the brakes “lock-up,” slowly release the brake pedal until the tires are no longer skidding and proper braking returns.
  • ·         SUV & 4-wheel drive overconfidence – These vehicles are great for initial traction and avoiding getting stuck, but once they are moving, they have the same difficulty keeping control and stopping all vehicles face. 

If you find your vehicle stuck in the snow, AAA members needing assistance can request roadside rescue at (800) AAA-HELP.  Android and iPhone users can download AAA Mobile, AAA’s mobile smartphone app that provides AAA services for all motorists, such as mapping and gas price comparison, as well as member-exclusive benefits including roadside assistance and discounts.  AAA Membership is not required to download and use AAA apps, but is necessary to take advantage of unique member benefits such as roadside assistance.  For more information on AAA Mobile, visit [TLS]

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  1. Aren’t you supposed to steer in the direction of the skid, and not the direction you were traveling? Meaning if your rear goes to the right, steer to the right.

  2. We had this exact discussion yesterday. Which direction do you turn? I also heard it was in the direction you are trying to go but my husband says like you #1. Perhaps there is a difference if you have front wheel drive vs back wheel drive vs all wheel drive/four wheel drive. :-/

  3. if your rear fishtails steer in the direction its going. if its sliding to the right steer right. if you keep on going straight or turn the opposite direction you will go 180

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