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Hazardous winter roads slippery situations

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An interesting article was published Friday in the Times Daily about the dangers of winter driving, especially in the South, where snow and ice are rare but can be deadly to inexperienced winter drivers.

The article points out the statistics that most winter-storm deaths occur on roadways, so it’s important for drivers to be aware of safety measures on winter roads.

Here are some tips:

Make sure you have good visibility, including clean, scraped and defrosted windows.

Be aware that motor vehicles and their wheels don’t operate normally in snowy or icy conditions; so take extra care when starting, stopping and turning.

Go slowly, and stay farther away from other cars.

Take care when changing lanes or applying brakes.

If you do lose control in an icy area, turn the tires in the same direction that the back end of your car is sliding.

Don’t use cruise control.

Keep lights on low during snowfall.