If you have to drive in snow, AAA offers tips to be safe
This week’s dangerous combination of a layer of ice followed by heavy snow will make for some treacherous driving conditions. For people who must navigate the slippery, snow-covered roads, AAA has these tips: Before you go
- Be sure to check highway road conditions and reports. The Kansas Department of Transportation’s website at ksdot.org is a good place to start. If needed, postpone your trip.
- Clean ice and snow off windshield wipers, the windshield and all windows.
- Check fluid levels to make sure the engine oil, radiator coolant and windshield wiper fluid are filled.
- Keep an emergency kit in the car that includes blankets, boots, water, nonperishable food, first-aid kit, flashlight, candles, matches or light, and a shovel.
- Be sure your gasoline tank is full and your cell phone is fully charged.
On the road
Steer clear of slush mounds. Heavier, wet snow can form slush mounds, which can pull a car deeper into slush.
To keep traction and avoid skidding, use gentle pressure on the accelerator pedal when starting. If your wheels start to spin, let up on the accelerator until traction returns.
Minimize brake use on slippery, icy hills. To slow down while going down a hill, put pressure on the brakes slowly to avoid losing control.
If you hit a patch of ice, avoid braking. To regain traction, remove feet from the situation, look where you want to go and steer to get there.
Increase your following distance behind other vehicles to 8 to 10 seconds.
By Christine Metz