Slick Driving Conditions Require Extra Driver Caution
Date: Monday, January 15 @ 15:00:16 UTC
Slick Driving Conditions Require Extra Driver Caution, Says AAA
DEARBORN, Mich., Jan. 15 -- Slippery driving conditions across much of the state will require extra driver caution today (January 15), says AAA Michigan. The Auto Club has received 112 calls for emergency roadside assistance since midnight -- well above anticipated levels. Whether it's snow in the northern lower peninsula or sheets of ice in the southwest lower peninsula, the following driving tips from AAA will make for a safer commute this morning:
* Slow down before approaching an intersection. Scan left and right for
pedestrians and cars on cross streets. If you're having trouble
stopping, they will, too.
* Prepare for drivers sliding into intersections from the side. Can you
proceed safely through the intersection or should you stop to avoid a
* After a stop, press the accelerator slowly to get going again. With
manual transmissions, reduce wheel spin by starting in second gear. If
you have an automatic transmission equipped with second-gear start, use
* When approaching an icy hill, pick a path that will allow the most
* Watch the cars ahead of you. Steer clear of spots where they spin their
wheels or slide backward. Instead, head for unpacked snow or powder to
get a better grip.
* Keep an 8-10 second cushion between your car and the one ahead of you.
* Build speed gradually while you're still on level ground. If you have
shift-on-the-fly four-wheel drive, shift into it before you reach the
* After you've surmounted the crest, begin your descent slowly. Shift into
a lower gear to allow engine drag, rather than brakes, to reduce your
* Reduce your speed before you enter an icy curve. Sudden acceleration or
deceleration while you're turning will send you into a skid.
* If the worst happens and your wheels lose grip, gradually release the
pressure from whichever pedal you're using -- the brake or accelerator.
Steer smoothly in the direction you want the car to go.
* Find an empty parking lot to hone your technique. Keep your driving slow
and smooth and you can drive safely this winter.
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