Winter Weather Driving Tips

Tuesday, February 1, 2011 - 9:42am

The Las Cruces Police Department has released the following tips for driving in rain or ice over the next few days:

1.Clear windshield and all windows of snow, ice and debris before driving.

2.Slow down. Allow for more travel time when driving in wet weather.

3.Allow for greater distance between vehicles. Normal driving conditions recommend travelling at least two seconds behind vehicles. During wet weather, or icy road conditions, it is recommended to increase that distance.

4.When coming to a stop, begin slowing down sooner and apply gentle brake pressure. Avoid slamming on brakes, and making sudden turns or lane changes.

5.Give larger vehicles, like trucks and buses, more room for stops and turns.

6.If possible, drive around sitting water and accumulated snow. Puddles may be deeper than they appear and snow may be hiding patches of ice – or what’s called “black ice” – that increase driving hazards.

7.Never attempt to drive through flooded arroyos or running water. Even when driving a large vehicle, like a truck or SUV, fast-moving water can easily overcome it.

8.Drive with headlights on and be alert to surrounding traffic and changing weather conditions.

9.If rain or snow is too heavy, or streets are flooded, pull over to a safe distance from the roadway until conditions improve. If roads are icy, avoid driving them if at all possible.

10.Keep your vehicle well-maintained. Periodically check that brakes, tires and windshield wipers are in good working condition.

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