Wintry Driving Safety

Several regions of the country, including parts of Arkansas, were blasted with wintry weather last night. The mix of ice, sleet, and snow can be attributed to Winter Storm Boreas, a massive storm already blamed for thirteen deaths and expected to cause travel woes this holiday week.

In light of all the automobile traffic expected in the coming days, we’re sharing some tips for driving in wintry weather from AAA so you can stay informed and stay safe on your travels.

AAA recommends the following winter driving tips:

  • Never warm up a vehicle in an enclosed area, such as a garage.
  • Make certain your tires are properly inflated.
  • Keep your gas tank at least half-full to avoid gas line freeze-up.
  • Do not use cruise control when driving on any slippery surface.
  • If possible, avoid using your parking brake in cold, rainy, and snowy weather.
  • The normal dry pavement following distance of three to four seconds should be increased to eight to ten seconds. This increased margin of safety will provide the longer distance needed if you have to stop.
  • Drive slowly. Everything takes longer on snow-covered roads. Accelerating, stopping, turning — nothing happens as quickly as on dry pavement. Give yourself time to maneuver by driving slowly.
  • Stay home. If you really don’t have to go out, don’t. Even if you can drive well in the snow, not everyone else can. Don’t tempt fate: If you don’t have somewhere you have to be, watch the snow from indoors.

From all of us at Law Offices of Gary Green, we wish you a joyful and safe holiday week!

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