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How to keep your vehicle on the road in snowy conditions

Posted at 6:46 PM, Feb 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-04 19:46:53-05

TULSA, Okla. — If there's a day all year to work from home, it will be Wednesday, says Mark Madeja with AAA. Those who have to make the trek to work may be facing slippery, snowy roads.

"I always say pretend there's a raw egg taped to both the gas pedal and the brake pedal, and you can't break it," Madeja said. "You don't want to brake hard, you don't want to accelerate hard, that's what will get this vehicle out of control."

The more you can keep your car rolling slowly, the better. If you come to a complete stop, you're at risk of spinning your wheels to get going again.

Everyone on the road is at risk of hitting a slick spot, or pumping those brakes just a bit too hard. When that happens, Madeja says stay calm, steer into the spin, and don't lock up your brakes.

"You drive in the direction you want the vehicle to go," Madeja said. "If you've got anti-lock brakes, press the brake pedal. You'll feel the pulsation, but don't worry about that, the brakes are doing their job."

If you do have to drive in the snow and ice, make sure to leave the house early and get your vehicle cleared off and ready to go. Madeja also says assume it will take longer to get to work, and drive slowly, while also increasing following distance.

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