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Best Winter Driving Tips from the Pros

Learn how to avoid accidents and injuries this winter driving season.

All of us will have a decision to make this winter: to drive or not to drive in the snow? It's hard to resist going on that errand or driving to a friend's house in bad weather. Our best advice? Stay home. Damaging your car or getting injured is never worth it. But if you must drive, we have some priceless tips that will make your winter driving much more safe this season.

•Drive like the seniors do! Most weather-related accidents happen because people aren't slowing down enough in the snow. Leave at least three times more space that usual between you and the car in front of you. 

 •Easy does it! Brake gently and repeatedly, rather than slamming down once for a quick stop. You'll skid less and your'e wheels won't lock up.

•Promise not to pass! Don't pass snow plows and sanding trucks-they have limited visibility and the road's probably in worse condition in front of them.

•Cruisers beware! Don't use cruise control or overdrive on icy, road, and use low gears to keep traction, especially on hills.

•Stay on the bright side: Always keep your lights on when it's snowing, even during the day.

At All-Star Driver, we see a lot of drivers simply overestimating their driving abilities or their car's ability to "weather the storm." We're all in a rush these days, and speeding comes naturally. But getting in an accident is never worth making it to Walmart on time. Even sturdy four- wheel drive vehicles can lose control when drivers push the limits on snowy and icy roads. Commit to slowing down, and being safe this holiday season!

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JimWW December 11, 2012 at 02:45 PM
The advice on braking seems to be wrong. Here are a couple of quotes from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: http://www.nhtsa.gov/cars/problems/Equipment/absbrakes.html In vehicles equipped with ABS, the driver's foot remains firmly on the brake pedal, allowing the system to automatically pump the brakes. You should not pump your brakes if you have ABS. Just hold your foot firmly on the brakes pedal and remember that you can still steer.

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