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Winter Driving Tips

Snow-covered roads are here for the next five months. Share these winter driving tips with new and experienced drivers to serve as a reminder to take their time and stay safe on the road this winter in update New York.

Maintain Momentum

Gaining traction on slippery surfaces when your vehicle is stopped is difficult, so it's important to try and keep your vehicle moving at all times (when possible) on snow and ice. Also, before climbing a snow-covered hill or incline, generate some forward momentum on a flatter portion of the road to help you reach the top.

Managing A Skid

If your vehicle begins skidding on a slippery road, don't hit the brakes. Instead, take your foot off the brake and steer into the skid until you regain some grip at the front wheels. Once grip is restored, gently steer in the direction you want to go.

Be Vigilant About Black Ice

During frigid weather, watch for patches of black ice, which often forms on bridges, overpasses, and in shady areas. If you hit black ice, remain calm and gently lift your foot off the accelerator while trying to keep the steering wheel straight. Should the rear of your vehicle slide left or right, gently turn the steering wheel in the same direction.

Bridge Decks Freeze First

Because the undersides of bridges are exposed to the cold air underneath them, the condition of their surfaces can be worse than the roadways approaching them.

Go Slow On Exit Ramps

During the winter, entry and exit ramps may have received less anti-icing material than the main roads. Be aware of this and slow down when exiting the highway.

Avoid 4x4 Overconfidence

A four-wheel drive vehicle may help you get going quicker, but it won't help you stop any quicker. Being overconfident in your 4x4 vehicle's traction can be very dangerous. Also remember that many 4x4 vehicles are heavier than passenger vehicles and may take longer to stop.

Stay Put If Stranded

If you become stranded by snow during your travels, stay in your vehicle. In addition to providing a temporary shelter, it makes it easier for rescuers to locate you. Pack a brightly colored cloth to tie to the antenna, or to place at the top of a rolled up window to signal an emergency. For longer winter road trips, it's smart to take some food, water, and a warm blanket just in case.

Slow Down!

This is the simplest and perhaps the most important thing of all.

Remember, your roadside assistance number is often on your insurance cards. If you or anyone else is involved in and accident dial 9-1-1 first.

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W.B. Payne Co, Inc. Insurance Professionals | | 315-942-4434

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