How to drive in cold weather!

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Severe weather can be both terrifying and hazardous for automobile travel. We can all do our small part to make driving in these conditions safer for ourselves and others. When you can’t see any farther than 100 feet ahead, you cannot safely drive faster than 30 mph.

When you drive in snowy areas, you can improve traction by using snow tires on the wheels that power your car. You may also use tire chains that are placed over the tire tread to increase traction on snow- or ice-covered roads.

Accelerate and decelerate slowly. Applying the gas slowly to accelerate is the best method for regaining traction and avoiding skids. Don’t try to get moving in a hurry. And take time to slow down for a stoplight. Remember: It takes longer to slow down on icy roads. It is wise to turn on your low beam headlights when visibility is poor-even in daylight. Light from high beams will reflect back and cause glare.

The American Automobile Association provides 7 helpful tips for driving in snow:

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