Tips for Driving in the Snow

Tips for Driving in the Snow

NEW  HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – There’s no denying the winter weather will soon be here. That means we’ll be navigating slippery, snow-covered streets. It’s a recipe for disaster we all want to avoid. Sam Herman from new county Mini joins Sam Kantrow on set to talk about safety tips and a local clothing drive.

Now is definitely the time to get your vehicle ready for cold winter weather.
In addition to topping off the washer fluid and stopping by the dealership for complete maintenance, there are many other things to check such as:
Anti freeze level.
Tires have plenty of tread and have the correct air pressure to prevent slipping and sliding.
Windshield wipers are working properly.
Car’s battery is fully charged.

To ensure full visibility, never drive with ice covered windows and keep sunglasses handy for sun and snow glare.
Keep an ice scraper/snow brush that can fully reach your car’s roof, ice melt and a small shovel in the car at all times.
What advice do you have for driving on snow or ice covered roads? (FULL SCREEN GRAPHIC)
It’s helpful to practice winter driving techniques in a snowy, open parking lot, so you’re familiar with how your car handles.
Consult your owner’s manual for tips specific to your vehicle.
Decrease your speed and leave yourself plenty of room to stop. You should allow at least three times more space than usual between you and the car in front of you.
Brake gently to avoid skidding. If your wheels start to lock up, ease off the brake.
Use low gears to keep traction, especially on hills.
Be especially careful on bridges, overpasses and infrequently traveled roads, which will freeze first. Even at temperatures above freezing, if the conditions are wet, you might encounter ice in shady areas or on exposed roadways like bridges.
Don’t pass snow plows and sanding trucks. The drivers have limited visibility, and you’re likely to find the road in front of them worse than the road behind.
Don’t assume your vehicle can handle all conditions. Even four-wheel and front-wheel drive vehicles can encounter trouble on winter roads.

What can we do if we get stuck in the snow?

Do not spin your wheels. This will only dig you in deeper.
Turn your wheels from side to side a few times to push snow out of the way.
Use a light touch on the gas, to ease your car out.
Use a shovel to clear snow away from the wheels and the underside of the car.
Pour sand, kitty litter, gravel or salt in the path of the wheels, to help get traction.
Try rocking the vehicle. (Check your owner’s manual first – it can damage the transmission on some vehicles.) Shift from forward to reverse, and back again. Each time you’re in gear, give a light touch on the gas until the vehicle gets going.

MINI winter clothing drive
Approximately 21,000 students were enrolled in Hartford Public Schools in 2013-14, of whom 84.6% were low-income.
When we delivered the supplies we saw the need firsthand.
This time we are asking for warm clothing and accessories like mittens and boots.
The campaign runs from November 22 through December 22nd.
New and gently used coats, mittens, boots and hats for children ranging from pre-K through high school.
New or gently used blankets.
We particularly need clothing to fit the older children.
We just ask that any used items be freshly washed.


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