2006-01-20 / Community

Winter Driving Safety Tips

With hazardous road conditions and frigid weather to battle, it is important that drivers have the necessary equipment and safety tips to see them through to safety.

“Since the winter is here, it is important to remind people to make sure they have the supplies and knowledge to help them through the winter in New York. Driving during the winter brings with it significant risks and I want to ensure people are prepared,” said State Senator Malcom A. Smith

The Queens lawmaker provided a checklist of items for drivers to carry when they head out on the road:

Snow shovel Scraper with a brush Tow chain or strap Flashlight Abrasive material (cat litter,

sand, salt or traction mats) Jumper cables Warning device (flares or reflective

triangles) Sleeping bags or blankets, ski

caps and mittens First Aid supplies Compass

In addition to these supplies, drivers should be prepared to avoid accidents by understanding the unique challenges that arise from driving in wintry conditions:

Slow downDriving slower is the single most important thing to remember when driving in the snow. Antilock brakes, stability systems or other mechanisms will not help if you begin sliding off the road because of driving too fast on icy roads.

Apply brakes smoothlyIt is important to avoid any sudden movements with the steering wheel.

Look aheadMany driving experts recommend keeping four car lengths between you and the driver ahead of you for every 10 mph you are traveling. This will ensure you will have plenty of time to make the necessary adjustments to avoid an accident.

“By using these valuable tips, I hope we can all avoid the senseless accidents that occur over the winter months. Remembering to drive slow and allowing ourselves the extra time to arrive at our destinations is truly key,” Senator Smith concluded.

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