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Keep it simple and be prepared for winter storm driving in NH

New Hampshire Union Leader

December 14. 2013 7:36PM

Winter safe driving tips:

. Slow down:. That is the single most important piece of advice police and driving experts offer. It will keep you from skidding out, rolling over, sliding off the road and crashing. It can save your life.

. Equip your vehicle with good quality tires that are properly inflated: All-season and snow tires offer better traction. Studded tires and chains may be useful for those who travel in extremely harsh conditions. While these tires will improve traction, no tire will allow you to drive at normal speeds in snow or ice.

. Reduce the distance between you the vehicle ahead of you: Find a fixed object on the road, such as a bridge, overpass, sign. When the vehicle ahead of you passes that object, start counting the seconds it takes for you to reach the same object. Under normal driving conditions, a 3-second rule is recommended to give you time to stop. In bad road conditions, a 6-second rule is advised.

. Keep at least a half tank of fuel in your vehicle: Take extra precautions on bridges and overpasses which freeze first and at dawn and dusk when black ice is most prevalent.

. Clear all snow and ice from windshield, windows and roof: Failure to do so can result in a citation.

. Avoid carbon monoxide poisoning and possibly death: Clear tailpipe of snow when the car's engine is running while idling or parked.

Sources: New Hampshire Department of Safety, AARP Driver Safety, National Safety Council's local chapter in Concord

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