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Drive Wisely With These Tips for Winter Travel

February can bring some of the snowiest, iciest conditions to Rockville. Drive safely with these tips:

Keep your vehicle well-maintained for the winter driving season:
Check to see that the brakes, heating/cooling system, electrical system, engine, exhaust, tires, oil, lights, defrosters and wipers are working properly. Consider installing winter or snow tires with deep treads to help keep traction.

Equip vehicles with an emergency kit:
Kits should include blankets, flashlights, extra clothes, a shovel, tow chain, matches, traction aids, flares, jumper cables and nonperishable snacks and water.

While driving in winter weather conditions:

  • Always drive with your lights on to help increase visibility.
  • Increase your following distance. Stopping distances are three to 12 times longer on winter surfaces.
  • Come to a gradual stop. To reduce the risk of skidding, don’t slam the brake pedal.
  • Brake before curves and turn your steering wheel slowly and smoothly to help maintain control.
  • Always wear your seatbelt.

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