With the impending winter storm approaching, the Gardner Police Department would like to provide some winter driving tips.
The best advice is to avoid driving in severe snow and ice, if at all possible.
If you must drive in snowy or icy conditions, make sure your car is prepared, and that you know how to handle road conditions.
Basic Winter Driving Precautions:
- Clean all the snow and ice from all windows to increase visibility.
- Decrease your speed and leave plenty of room to stop. Allow three times more space than usual between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you.
- Check tires for proper inflation. Tires should be checked while the tire is cold.
- Make sure your vehicle wiper blades are in good condition and that your vehicle has plenty of washer fluid.
- Turn on your vehicle lights to increase visibility to other drivers and dim the instrument panel at night to help reduce interior glare.
- Brake gently to avoid skidding. If your vehicle has ABS brakes do not pump the brakes but apply gentle pressure. You will feel the brakes pulse – this is normal.
- Have an emergency kit in your vehicle to include a flashlight, blanket, food and water.
- If you are involved in a slide off or vehicle accident, stay in your vehicle until assistance arrives.
- Do not use cruise control or overdrive during snow or ice conditions.