With forecasters predicting a messy afternoon and evening commute today with heavy snow, sleet and freezing rain, here are some reminders from AAA Northeast about driving in winter conditions:

  • Take the time to clear snow and ice from your vehicle.
  • See and be seen so drive with your headlights on.
  • Leave extra space between you and the vehicle in front of you, especially on snowy or icy roadways. You’re going to need more time to see roadway problems and more space to react to them.
  • Lower your speed depending upon conditions. The faster you drive, the harder it is to stop or swerve especially on snow-covered or icy roadways.
  • If your car skids, turn the steering wheel in the direction you want the vehicle to go; and avoid jamming on your brakes.
  • Make sure your cell phone is fully charged before heading out in the event you need to call for assistance.

“Snow and sleet can cause significant safety problems by reducing your visibility and making it difficult to maneuver or stop safely,” says Ed Welsh, Regional General Manager, AAA Northeast .“By being vigilant behind the wheel, you can help reduce your chances of a crash in inclement weather.”

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