AAA offers tips for winter driving

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New Haven, Conn. (WTNH)– During the winter months, taking extra precautions while driving can help avoid a crash.

According to AAA, the roadside rescue team has responded to 48 calls for emergency road service by 7 AM Monday, mostly to help people get out of snow after their vehicle goes off the road.

AAA says a drive should clear their vehicle and driveway before getting on the road. State law requires drivers to remove snow from their vehicles before driving, or will face a $75 fine. Clearing the driveway will allow emergency personnel to reach those in need in a time of an emergency.

Increasing your following distance to eight-ten seconds helps provide a longer stopping distance, according to the AAA. Avoid passing plows unless it’s necessary.

If you get into an emergency, pull off the road onto level ground if possible. If that’s not an option, turn on the emergency flashers so your vehicle is visible. While waiting for emergency response, stay in your car, unless you are worried it will be struck from behind. If you need to get out, make sure you are easily seen by other drivers.

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