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Use these tips to stay safe on icy roads

Driving safely when there's ice and snow can be difficult, but with a few tips you can make sure you stay safe on the roads. First, remember that you shouldn't drive at normal speeds on an icy road. When the roads are icy, no vehicle should travel over 45 mph. Even traveling as slow as 10 mph can lead to you sliding off the roads, so slow down.

The best way to avoid getting into a crash on icy roads is not to go out when the roads are icy, but that isn't always an option. If you can wait a little longer for the salt trucks or other help to clear the roads, do so. If not, go slow and remember to carry emergency blankets and other necessary items in case you get stuck. Wear your seat belt, too; it will help keep you in your seat if you slide or go off the road.

A mistake some drivers make is slamming on the brakes when they hit a patch of ice. Anti-lock brakes don't work well in ice and snow, and they can lock up your wheels. Continuing forward without your brakes helps you steer better; if you must brake, tap them to prevent the wheels from locking up.

Finally, icy road-related accidents are bound to happen, and if you've take care to slow down and avoid driving when the roads are bad, then the negligence of the other driver will be clear. If you're in an accident, call for emergency help immediately, so you can get medical care for yourself and others involved in the crash. You can wait to speak to your attorney until after you get the medical care you need.

Source: Icy Road Safety, "Road Icing: Safety Tips to Remember," accessed Jan. 03, 2017

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