Winter driving reminder

With winter weather moving in, it's time for a friendly reminder on winter driving.

Winter driving can create hazardous driving conditions. The driver must be prepared for these conditions, and follow additional safe driving practices.

-As an operator, you must adjust your speed to fit the weather, traffic conditions, and the condition of the road.

- It is not legal to enter a road that is officially closed due to hazardous conditions. The penalty for doing this is a $250 fine.

- Keep the windshield clear. Allow the defroster to warm up properly while scraping the ice off windows. The windshield washing fluid should contain an anti-freeze solution; however, at high speeds in very cold temperatures, the fluid may freeze on the windshield and totally obscure your vision.

- Get the feel of the roadway. Try your brakes while driving slowly and adjust your speed to how much traction you have.

- Slow down. Snow tires or tire chains are helpful, but you should still double your distance for following other vehicles. Studded snow tires may be used from October 15 to
April 15.

- Passing trucks may create snow fog. This greatly reduces your visibility. Look ahead for curves in the road, look behind for vehicles following, and slow down.

- Remember that on bridges and shaded spots, frost and ice form quicker and are retained longer than on the rest of the roadway.

- To stop on ice, you should pump the brakes when driving vehicles equipped with drum-type brakes on all four wheels. Vehicles equipped with disc brakes require a slow, intermittent braking action—fully on and then fully off—long enough to let the disc brakes release so that all wheels are rolling again. If you slam on your brakes, your wheels will lock and your tires will skid.