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Fleet Safety Video Tip of the Week: Winter Driving

Posted on December 2, 2013

TORRANCE, Calif. — A number of cities – including Boston, New York and Philadelphia – this week saw their first snow of the season. It’s time again to remind your drivers of how dangerous roads can become in wintry conditions.


Here are some tips from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation that you can pass along:

Clear snow and ice from all windows and lights -- even the hood and roof -- before driving.

Pay attention. Don't try to out-drive the conditions. Remember the posted speed limits are for dry pavement.

Leave plenty of room for stopping.

Leave room for maintenance vehicles and plows. The law requires you to slow down or move over when approaching emergency or maintenance vehicles, including snowplows, parked on the side of the road when they have their flashing lights turned on. If you approach a parked emergency or maintenance vehicle during a winter storm and decide to change lanes, be extra careful. The passing lane may be in worse shape than the driving lane. There may also be a snow ridge between the two lanes. Avoid making an abrupt lane change. If approaching a snowplow, you need to stay back at least 200 feet and not pass on the right.

For the full story and video, go to www.automotive-fleet.com.

Related Topics: defensive driving, driver safety, improving chauffeur driving style, winter maintenance

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