Driving safely in winter weather

The busy holiday season is around the corner and no matter what your commute may be, either short or long, you will be on the road with hundreds of more drivers.  Furthermore, the possibility of the weather turning bad will make for dangerous driving conditions.

For tips on driving safely, we met with Bill Kennedy from Kennedy Drive Right School of Johnson County.

"The most important thing you can do when you have to drive in the bad weather conditions is mentally prepare yourself.  You need to make sure that you just slow down, anticipate other drivers making mistakes, and expect the unexpected," say Kennedy.

Even before you start your vehicle, you need to make sure it is in good working order.  Also, take time to clear off any debris that may be on your windshield.

"It just takes a little bit of ice or snow on part of the windshield, creates an excellent blind spot where you can't see another pedestrian or another vehicle in that area," says Kennedy.

Out on the road, a general safe following distance is two seconds.  However, if water, ice or snow covers the road you will want to increase your following to at least four seconds; this way you will have enough time to stop.

If you find yourself hydroplaning or slipping on ice or snow, "You will want to take your foot off the accelerator," says Kennedy.  As well as if you are going straight ahead and have anti-lock breaks, Kennedy says, "You are supposed to push down on the breaks and hold it there.  You will eventually come to a gradual stop.

Also, if your tires slip and you happen to fishtail to the right, turn your steering wheel to the right.  The same thing goes if your fishtail to the left, turn your wheel to the left.

Lastly, give yourself plenty of time to get where you are headed.

"If it takes you 20 minutes to get to work, it's probably going to take you 40 with snow out there," says Kennedy.

The best thing you can do, is avoid being the on the roads all together, if bad weather strikes.   

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