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Following less-obvious winter driving tips could save your life

Car accidents can happen during any time of the year, but New York drivers are all too aware that the winter season brings many unique dangers that can lead to horrific accidents and injuries. While most drivers understand that they need to take extra precautions on snowy and icy winter roads, there are some tips that they may not be aware of.

There are those that are pretty obvious: don’t drink and drive, know the road conditions in your area, leave room between your vehicle and the vehicle ahead of you, and make sure to not be distracted while driving.

Some tips that may not be as familiar could also save your life. If you have antilock brakes, don’t pump them. Just steer and step gently on the break. If you begin to slide, don’t jerk the wheel. Instead, take your foot off the gas and steer into the skid and slowly apply the brakes if needed.

It’s also important to pay attention to snow plows and maintenance vehicles. Try to stay at least 200 feet from these vehicles and do not pass them on the right side.

Another tip that is especially important for large cars: don’t be overconfident. Many of us have likely seen a driver in a 4x4 pickup truck speeding down an icy road. It’s important to remember that while this type of vehicle may be able to get going faster in snowy conditions; these types of cars may actually take longer to stop than smaller cars.

We can hope that all drivers keep these types of safety precautions in mind. When a driver acts overconfidently or negligently on a snowy road, it can lead to disastrous outcomes.

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