AAA Hoosier Motor Club Offers Winter Driving Tips

Measurable snowfall is expected across most of Indiana today. In anticipation of difficult driving conditions, AAA Hoosier Motor Club has the following tips! Slow down, adjust your speed to the road conditions and leave yourself ample room to stop. Allow at least three times more space than usual between you and the car in front of you. Accelerate, turn and brake gradually. Do not tailgate! Watch the traffic ahead, slow down immediately if you see brake lights, skidding vehicles or emergency flashers. Never use cruise control on slippery roads. Minimize the need to brake on ice. Don’t power up hills as applying extra gas on snow covered roads may only result in spinning wheels. Try to get a little inertia going before you reach a hill and let the inertia carry you to the top. As you reach the crest of the hill, reduce your speed and proceed downhill as slowly as possible. Make sure to never brake and turn at the same time, brake first, then turn, then accelerate. If you begin to skid control the skid by continuing to look and steer in the direction you want to go. DO NOT slam on the brakes. Doing so can make a skid worse. Finally, drive distraction free. Keeping these tips in mind will make traveling during the winter season safer for yourself and everyone around you.

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