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How to Drive Safely in the Snow

Nick Shields from Big O Tires in Ft. Union has tips for driving safely in the snow.
Nick Shields from Big O Tires in Ft. Union talks about how to drive safely in the snow.

He says the most important thing is to be prepared.  Make sure your car is in good working order.  Check the fluids and make sure there is enough anti-freeze.  Make sure wiper blades are working properly as well.  Or, have Big O check everything for you with their Healthy Car Special.

When it comes to driving in the snow, make sure your tires are snow tires.  Put snow tires on in October and switch back to regular tires in March or April.  You may also want to invest in chains if you plan to drive in the canyons.

When the roads are slick or snowy, decrease your speed and leave plenty of room to stop.  In winter it is best to drive with your lights on, regardless of the time of day.

If you start to slide, steer in the direction you want the wheels to go.  For example, if the rear wheels are sliding left, steer left.

Know the difference in your brakes.  If you have standard brakes, pump them gently to stop if you are sliding.  If you have anti-lock brakes (ABS) do not pump the brakes, apply steady pressure to the brakes.

To find a Big O Tires location near you, visit: Big O Tires.
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