Winter driving

For those unused to the recent snows to hit the Capital Region, here’s some useful tips to keep you safe:

• Think ahead and act early: slippery situations can arise at any time when it snows, but is particularly acute at intersections. When you approach an intersection, slow down and apply brakes earlier. This will avoid brake lock-ups and slides. When braking, apply pressure slowly.

• Go slow: when leaving an intersection or when resuming travel from a stop, do not “gun” the accelerator. That just creates spin, which in turn creates icy patches for yourself and the drivers behind. Instead, ease the gas slowly, and back off at the first sign of reduced traction or slipping.

• Should your vehicle slip or slide, ease off the gas slowly but resist the temptation to slam on the brakes. Instead, steer into the slide to bring the front of the car back in line with the direction of travel.

• Always use tires with good treads.

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