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Ice is Not Nice
AAA Reminds Drivers of Increased Risk during Morning Commute
Given the wintry weather forecast, AAA is reminding motorists to adjust their driving behaviors in accordance with the increased risk on Connecticut’s roadways during the morning commute.
“Defensive driving is key,” says Amy Parmenter, spokesperson for AAA in Greater Hartford. “Even if you have an SUV or are confident in your own driving abilities, assume other drivers may lose control and adjust your driving accordingly”.
If possible, AAA recommends motorists avoid driving on icy roads whenever possible.
AAA Tips for Driving on Icy or Slippery Roads:
- Slow down to improve tire traction and increase reaction time.
- Increase the space between your car and the car ahead of you – at least 6-8 car lengths.
- Drive with your low-beam headlights on, even during daylight.
- Avoid using cruise control, which can reduce traction.
- If you start to skid, don’t slam on the brakes. Continue to look and steer in the direction you want the car to go.
- Always wear your seat belt.
- Stay alert and minimize distractions.
- If your visibility is so limited that you can’t see in front of you, carefully pull off to the side of the road and stop completely.
- Visit AAA Exchange for more winter driving tips.
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