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How to Drive in the Snow

The winter can be a beautiful season, offering gorgeous blanket coverings of snow and crystal like ice drapery. For many drivers, however, duty still calls, even in the midst of a snowstorm. Many folks still have to get to work or get their kids to school, while dealing with snow. Some parts of the country completely shut down during snowstorms, but others stay busy, and many drivers brave snowy, and often dangerous driving conditions.

Here are some great tips for driving in the snow...

Invest in a vehicle with front wheel or all wheel drive. This will help tremendously when driving in inclement weather. Rear wheel drive is even better. You car's weight shifts backward when you press that gas, so it's only natural that AWD would be your best bet for pushing your vehicle forward in just about any situation.

Consider winter tires. If you live in an area of the country that is prone to winter weather, winter tires are a worthwhile investment. No, you won't need to use them all year long, but the tires will work with your car to gain traction on the road when there is snow  or ice covering the pavement. If you're going the route of purchasing winter tires, do your research before you make your purchase.

Be prepared. If you do have to venture out in the snow, make sure you have everything you need with you in your vehicle, in case of an emergency. It's a good idea to bring along items like: non-perishable snacks, a warm blanket, bottled water, a flashlight, winter boots, a shovel, and kitty litter. Lugging around a bag of kitty litter may seem like a silly idea, but you can throw it down in front of or behind your tires to gain traction if you wind up getting stuck.

While driving, accelerate and decelerate slowly, avoiding fishtailing. Give yourself plenty of room between other vehicles- staying far behind the vehicle in front of you. Make sure you're driving with your headlights on, especially if the conditions are snowy or gray. Know your brakes, and use them sparingly, stopping only when you have to. Avoid hills, and if you wind up getting stuck, put your flashers on and call a friend or auto service for help. 

The best advice is not to drive in icy or snowy conditions unless you absolutely have to. If you have the option to stay home, play it safe and avoid a potentially dangerous situation. Don't rule out black ice, which often occurs after the snow has started to melt, and temperatures drop overnight.

Brought to you by Fort Dodge Ford.

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