FREEZING WEATHER IS COMING, SOME DRIVING TIPS

FREEZING WEATHER IS COMING, SOME DRIVING TIPS

With a hard freeze warning in effect tonight, and some snow a possibility later this week, Reporter Taylor Thacker has some reminders about winter driving…
Winter weather is on its way! Driving in snow and rain during the winter times are extremely dangerous. Here are some tips for safe driving this winter season. Don’t pass snow plows or sanding trucks. The drivers have limited visibility and the road in front of them is probably worse than the road behind. Give them room. Decrease your speed and allow plenty of room to stop so you don’t crash into the car in front of you. Brake gently to avoid skidding. Use low gears to keep traction, especially on hills. Don’t use cruise control or overdrive. Be especially careful on bridges, overpasses, and infrequently traveled roads, which will freeze first. Don’t assume your vehicle can handle any condition. Even four-wheel and front-wheel drive vehicles can encounter problems during winter conditions. Lastly, pack a winter safety kit. Include blankets, water, food, candles, matches, ice scraper, radio, batteries, and a rope. For more information, go to www.caltrans8.info.

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