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Driving Experts: Increase Following Distance and Decrease Speeds on Icy Roads

By: Bianca Spinosa Email
By: Bianca Spinosa Email

December 8, 2009

As we inch closer to winter, we'll be faced with some treacherous road conditions. Experts have some simple tips on how to drive with caution.

Driving instructors have two basic rules: in inclement weather increase following distance and slow down.

In normal road conditions you want to be at least four seconds behind the driver in front of you when you're on an Interstate. On City roads you want to be at least two seconds behind the driver in front of you.

When driving in the snow or ice, it's critical to be much further away from other cars on the road

"When it's raining, icing, sleeting, or snowing, you need to add at least one second to those formulas to give yourself adequate time to stop in case the driver in front of you stops all of a sudden," says Richard Wharam, a driving instructor.

It's also crucial to slow down. If you do happen to start skidding while driving on slick road surfaces, Wharam says remember to look and steer in the direction where you want to go. Take your foot off the gas pedal and the brake pedal too.

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