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Safe Ways to Go in the Snow

The snow is back on the roads, and after a long half-year of driving on clear pavement, folks around Central New York are going to have to relearn how to control their vehicles in that slippery white stuff.

At NYE Automotive Group, we want you to get where you are going safely. To help remind you of those sometimes-forgotten rules of the snowy roads, here are some tips to keep in mind when you head out on a winter trip. We went over the vehicle maintenance preparations last month, so let’s assume you’ve already got them covered.

Before you go anywhere, make sure to buckle up … it’s not only the law, but plain good common sense any time of the year, and especially in the winter snow.

For the best traction on slippery conditions, accelerate and decelerate slowly. Fast acceleration, especially on hills, can simply cause the tires to spin rather than to grab. Slow and steady will get you where you need to be.

Know your vehicle and how it acts in the winter as opposed to the summer. Pay attention to the response when you apply pressure to the brakes. Some people will even visit a local parking lot for a couple of laps during the first snowfall to reacquaint themselves with winter driving.

Allow yourself some extra room to come to a stop at intersections and turns, and be prepared that you won’t be able to stop as quickly as you are used to once you start driving on icy roads again. Slow down. Plan ahead so you have plenty of extra time to get where you are going, because that’s the best way to make sure you will get there.

The best advice is — if you don’t really need to go, stay home. Even if you are the best driver ever to hit the snowy and icy roads, not everyone else is, and they can hit you just as easily. Stay put, make some hot cocoa, and enjoy the snowfall from the warmth of the inside.

The NYE Automotive Group is located at 1479 Genesee St. in Oneida, N.Y. For more info on any of our vehicles and services, call (315) 363-0600 or email sales@nyeauto.com.

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