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Posted on: January 13, 2018

EP Fire Department: Stay Safe on Winter Roads

Stay Safe on Winter Roads

Tips for Traveling in Winter Weather
When winter weather creates hazardous driving conditions, stay off the roads.   
You should only drive when it is necessary. If you must drive, travel during the day; do not travel alone; keep others informed of your schedule; and, stay on main roads.
Follow these and other tips for driving in winter conditions from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):
  • Drive slowly. It is harder to control or stop your vehicle on a slick or snow-covered surface. Increase your following distance so that you will have plenty of time to stop for vehicles ahead of you.
  • Know what kind of brakes your vehicle has and how to use them properly. If you have antilock brakes, apply firm, continuous pressure. If you do not have antilock brakes, pump the brakes gently.
  • If you find yourself in a skid, stay calm and ease your foot off the gas while carefully steering in the direction you want the front of your vehicle to go. Continue to stay off the pedals (gas and brake) until you can regain control of your vehicle.
Navigating Around Snow Plows
  • Do not crowd a snow plow or travel beside it. Snow plows travel slowly, make wide turns, stop often, overlap lanes, and exit the road frequently.
  • The road behind an active snow plow is safer to drive on because it is clear.
  • When you drive behind a snow plow, do not follow, or stop too closely. Snowplows can throw up a cloud of snow that can reduce your visibility to zero in less time than you can react. Never drive into a snow cloud – it can conceal vehicles or hazards.
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