Operating safely in adverse conditions depends on a number of common sense procedures. Here’s a list of reminders for winter driving:
• Traction is greater when you slow down. Slow speeds mean more control.
• Stopping is harder than going. With ice, snow or water on the ground you will need more room to stop: back off.
• Turning can be trouble. Ice and snow present bigger problems when you turn. Proceed very slowly and keep the wheels turning through a curve.
• See and be seen. Check lights, wipers and defroster before you go and occasionally while en route. Use headlights.
• You never know what will happen next. People, drivers and even the crest of a hill can create an unforeseen crisis.
• Skidding is easier to avoid than to control. Slow speeds and gradual movement can help you avoid skids. Aggressive driving will create them.
• Know when to stop. Sometimes the only safe thing to do is to park the bus. Know your limits.
Source: Lancer Insurance Co. in Long Beach, N.Y. For more info, visit www.lancer-ins.com or call (800) 782-8902.
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