As Michigan faces another round of snow and wintry weather, it’s important to remember a few major tips for driving in the snow. Cautious, slow driving from this bus driver protected the lives of local school children.
Tips for Driving in the Snow
- Accelerate and decelerate slowly. Apply the gas slowly to accelerate for regaining traction and avoiding skids. Remember it takes longer to slow down.
- Drive slowly. Everything takes longer, nothing happens as quickly on as on dry pavement.
- Normal dry pavement following distance is 3-4 seconds, and when driving in wintry precipitation it should be increased to at least 8-10 seconds. Increased margins will increase safety and provide the longer distance if you need to stop.
- Don’t stop if you can avoid it. There is a big difference in a rolling stop and full stop – if you can slow down over time, do it.
- Don’t power up on hills. Applying extra gas on snow-covred roads just starts your wheels spinning. Towards the crest of any hill, reduce your speed and proceed down the hill as slowly as possible.
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