How to drive safely on icy roads

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Updated: 2/21/2013 9:03 am Published: 2/20/2013 8:10 pm

On Thursday morning, commuters in Green Country may encounter icy roads on their way into work.

In our area, we have had a relatively mild winter, and drivers may need to refresh themselves on how to handle the ice.

When driving on ice, go slower than you normally would and give yourself three times the normal stopping distance than you would need if conditions were ideal. Stopping is difficult on ice. If you skid while braking and your wheels start to lock, ease off the brake.

Experts also recommend not using cruise control and don’t make the assumption that your car can maneuver through icy conditions. Even four-wheel and front-wheel vehicles can encounter trouble on slick roads.

Also, remember to clear your car of ice completely before driving. Ice that flies off your car has the potential to damage other cars, injure pedestrians and cause accidents. Insurance agents say if another driver can prove ice from your car damaged their vehicle, you may be liable.

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