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Driving school offers tips for safe driving in winter | Local

CLEAR WATER (WQOW) – Whether it’s snowfall, sleet or sleet, all of these things can make roads dangerous.

That’s why a local driving school is reminding people of how to drive safely on ice.

Dennis Johnson, a driving instructor with Accountable Drive Education at Eau Claire, said the first thing he tells students is not to overestimate your abilities or the capabilities of your vehicle, and that even four-wheel drive, the pickup trucks and SUVs can always end. in the ditch.

If you are on a slope, take off more slowly for better grip and traction.

Johnson said large vehicles take longer to stop, and when driving on slow or icy roads, look ahead and see if the vehicle ahead is braking and be prepared to stop as well.

Take your foot off the accelerator, pedal a little and slowly apply the brakes.

If you start to swerve, Johnson said head over to your slide.

“So let’s say you start to turn right, you also want to turn right,” Johnson said. “Sounds strange, okay?” But if you turn left, that’s when you start fishtailing and that’s when a problem arises. And of course you have to slow down.

When the roads are icy, Johnson also suggests keeping six to eight seconds of tracking distance between you and the vehicle in front of you.

To roughly measure your next distance, Johnson says to take note of a fixed point like a speed limit sign.

When the vehicle in front of you passes it, start counting. When you drive past the same sign, the number you stopped at is the driving distance between you and the vehicle in front of you.

He also said to make sure you have your windshield wipers in good condition, a snow brush handy, and good tire pressure.