Winter Driving Tips to Keep You Safe

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Know Your Brakes
Most new cars have anti-lock brakes, but older cars may still have brakes without ABS, which require a different braking technique in snow and ice. To stop safely in a car equipped with ABS, the driver should push on the brake pedal and the ABS will “pulse” the brakes to prevent the wheels from locking up. The driver will feel the pulsing sensation through the brake pedal but should not release the pedal until the car has stopped. Experienced drivers probably remember being taught to gently “pump” the brakes in slippery conditions to avoid locking the wheels and sliding, which is still the proper technique for a car without ABS.

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