Tip in Ice and Snow: When you start to slide on a slippery road, many of us panic and slam on the brakes. That’s a big mistake says Mike Burke, stunt driver. He knows how to avoid a skid. The best thing you can do on ice is to do nothing. don’t accelerate, don’t over-steer and especially do not brake when he hits the ice and his reflexes kicked in, he was just pressing his foot to the floor. that saved him – his car straightened up and he avoid a pile up.
3 Must Haves for Winter Driving;
- Wood. When FedEx driver, Arlene Black go stuck in the snow, she had to call her supervisor for help. “Now she keeps a few pieces of firewood in her vehicle. Why? Wedging a small log under the front of the back wheel gives tires something to grip so the car can move forward.
- Hand sanitizer. This stuff can melt ice, thanks to its alcohol content, days bus driver Sherry Willis. Put it on a cloth and swipe your windshield wipers when they’re frozen. It keeps them from sticking so they work properly.
- A bandana. If you’re stuck, tie a red bandana onto your antenna, says Cristal Harris, Deputy Sheriff in Walla Walla, Washington. This alerts passerby that you need help.
Tip in Flog; You know to flip your lights on low beam while driving in fog, but long-haul trucker Madonna Rairigh, who drives 500 miles a day through extreme weather states like South Dakota to transport freight to Gana Trucking has another tip; When you can barely see, it might seem like a good idea to use the brake lights of the car in front of you to guide your way. But I never, every do that — if that car veers off course, I’d be in trouble. So instead I shift focus on the right. She keeps her eyes on the pavement markers – those yellow or white circles or squares that are imbedded in the asphalt on the side of the road. The markers are made of special material to catch and reflect headlights. They are much easier to see than the flat lines painted on the road, especially when you can’t see much else.
Tip in Heavy Rain; Tires can lose up to 33 percent of their traction in the rain, and that can lead to hydroplaning – when a layer of water gets between the road’s surface and the tires. But Sherry Willis, a bus driver for people with disabilities in Wichita, Kansas, says you can avoid that loss of control by literally taking the high road. Even in severe storms, when most people have the option to stay off the roads, I have to pick up folks who depend on me to get home. To keep them safe in rain, I stick to the “crown” of the road. It’s the highest point on the road, so the rain runs off it the fastest.
I hope these tips help you stay safe.
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