carver crash Guide To Safe Driving In A Snow Storm

No one was hurt in this rollover on Center Street in Carver, January 21, 2011. (photo courtesy: Carver Police)

If you haven’t done so in a while, driving in the snow can prove to be tricky.The Yarmouth police dept. has provided a list of useful reminders if you have to hit the roads during a winter storm.

Winter Conditions call for different driving tactics, Ice and Snow, Take it Slow – slower speed, slower acceleration, slower steering, and slower braking. Give yourself extra time to reach your destination safely. It’s not worth putting yourself and others in a dangerous situation just to be on time.

  • Remove all snow and ice from your vehicle, including the roof, before driving
  • Drive with your headlights on
  • Wear your seat belt
  • Drive for conditions. Don’t get overconfident with four-wheel drive. It won’t help you stop any faster.
  • Drivers should allow additional room between their vehicles and others. Winter road conditions often result in longer stopping distances.
  • Avoid abrupt actions while steering, braking or accelerating to lessen the chances of losing control of the vehicle.
  • Look farther ahead in traffic. Action by other drivers will alert you to problems and give you extra time to react.
  • Avoid using cruise control or overdrive. Don’t let your car make a bad decision for you.
  • Stopping on snow and ice without skidding requires extra time and distance. If you have anti-lock brakes, press the pedal down firmly and hold it. If you don’t have anti-lock brakes, gently pump the pedal. Either way, give yourself plenty of room to stop.
plow1 Guide To Safe Driving In A Snow Storm

(credit: CBS)

Safe Travel around Snowplows

Snowplows are usually spreading anti-icing materials from the back of the truck and may need to stop or take evasive action to avoid stranded vehicles. If you find yourself behind a snowplow, stay behind it or use caution when passing. The road behind a snowplow will be safer to drive on.

  • Don’t crowd the plow. Snowplows plow far and wide-sometimes very wide.
  • Plows turn and exit the road frequently. Give them plenty of room. Stay back at least 15 car lengths (200 feet).
  • A snowplow operator’s field of vision is restricted. You may see them but they may not see you.

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