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How To Drive in the Snow

Watch more How to Drive Safely videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Learn useful tips to drive in the snow and stay safe in your car. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Check your vehicle Prepare your car for the winter. Check your tires for wear and proper inflation. Check the condition of your windshield wipers and the levels of your antifreeze and wiper fluid. In snowy regions, consider buying snow tires or tire chains. Tip If your tire treads are worn to a depth below 5/32 of an inch they're no good for winter use. Step 2: Be prepared Keep a bag of sand in your trunk to help with tire traction in case you get stuck. Always warm up your car and defrost all windows. Turn on your headlights. Step 3: Test road conditions Start slowly. Test your braking and steering response to see how much traction your tires have. Step 4: Slow down Take your time. Going too fast on slippery roads will result in skids. Don't use cruise control and use low gear for added traction. Step 5: Anticipate problems Anticipate problems. Look for black ice, blowing snow, and traffic slowdowns or stops. Watch for bridges and overpasses, which freeze before the rest of the road. Leave extra room between yourself and the car in front of you. Tip Allow four car lengths between yourself and the car ahead of you for every 10 miles per hour of speed. Step 6: Turn corners safely Slow down before you begin to turn. As you turn, release the brakes. Once the turn is complete, accelerate to maintain control. Step 7: Prevent skids Avoid sudden breaking or swerving. Break gently and evenly, and ease up if you start to skid. Don't pump antilock brakes; apply steady, firm pressure on the pedal. Did You Know? Snowflakes are clear. Refracted light makes snow appear white.
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