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Winter Travel Tips to Drive Safely

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, nonperishable snacks and water.

While driving during winter weather:

  • Always drive with your lights on and wear your seatbelt.
  • Increase your following distance. Don’t slam on the brakes.
  • Brake before curves. Turn the steering wheel slowly and smoothly to maintain control.

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