AAA Offers Winter Driving Tips

Common sense should be your guide...


            Winter weary drivers won’t be getting a break any time soon, with yet another snowstorm forecast for our area. Driving conditions will be difficult during the storm, and a challenge even once the clean-up begins. Here are a few tips from AAA Northeast:

            See and Be Seen. “Peephole” driving – clearing only enough of the windshield that you can see out – is dangerous. Whether it’s snow, frost or ice, completely clearing the windshield, windows and mirrors is safer for the driver and those with whom they share the road. Drivers should also clear the roof, so that snow doesn’t fall into their sight line or onto other vehicles.  Good visibility is one of the keys to safe driving.

            Drive Responsibly. Slow down and increase your following distance. Increase your normal 3 to 4 second following distance to at least 8 to 10 seconds. This extra space gives you more time to see a situation developing, and more time to react should a sudden stop or other maneuver be necessary.

            Know How to Respond to a Skid. Even skilled and experienced drivers can experience skids. If you feel your car begin to skid it’s important not to panic and follow these steps:

  • Continue to look at your intended path of travel down the road.
  • Steer in the direction you want the vehicle to go.
  • Avoid slamming on the brakes as this will make the car harder to control. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on