Driving in Snow and Ice

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Winter is among us and the streets of Springfield are a little slicker than most of us would like. If you don’t have to get out in this weather, stay inside and enjoy the safety of your home. However, life is sometimes hard to put on pause and many of will have to face the snow and ice. If you do have to operate a vehicle in these conditions, here are some winter traffic safety tips and equipment you should know and have readily available in case of an emergency.

Driving in Snow and Ice

  • Decrease your speed and leave yourself at least 3 times more space than normal between you and the car in front of you.
  • Brake gently to avoid skidding. If your wheels start to lock up, ease off the brake.
  • Turn on your headlights to increase visibility to other motorists.
  • Use low gears to keep traction, especially on hills.
  • Don’t use cruise control or overdrive on icy roads.

Helpful equipment to have on hand:

  • Spare tire, wheel wrench and tri-pod type jack
  • Jumper Cables
  • Shovel
  • Rock salt or cat litter
  • Batteries and flashlight
  • Wooden matches in a waterproof container
  • Ice Scraper
  • Tool kit
  • Tow and tire chains
  • Extra blankets
  • Non-perishable high-energy foods