Monday, February 18, 2013

Return of Winter Weather

Yesterday's 60 degree tempartures will soon give way as another blast of winter enters the MidWest.

The Nebraska Safety Center reminds you to protect yourself and your passengers by allowing extra time to reach your destination during inclement weather.
  • Drive for conditions – slower speeds, slower acceleration.
  • Use your headlights.
  • Do not use cruise control.
  • Four-wheel and all-wheel vehicles do not stop or steer better on ice.
  • Leave extra room between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you. And remember, the larger the vehicle, the longer the stopping distance.
  • Slow down when approaching intersections, offramps, bridges, or shady spots.
  • If you find yourself behind a snowplow, stay behind it until it is safe to pass. Remember that a snowplow driver has a limited field of vision. Stay back (15 car lengths) until you’re sure it is safe to pass or until the plow pulls off the road.
  • On multi-lane roadways, snow plows often need to clear the center, throwing snow, ice and slush into nearby lanes. If approaching an on-coming snow plow, slow down and give the plow a little extra room.

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