Winter Driving Tips Can Help New Skiers and Snowboarders Navigate Trips to the Slopes


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January 2017 - Most people who ski or snowboard drive to their destinations and a surprising number of ski/snowboard areas are near large metropolitan areas. The FIND RESORTS locator maps at

“January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month and so people who are just learning the sports will be driving to locations with which they may not be familiar,” said Mary Jo Tarallo, director for the program. “Driving in winter, particularly in mountain terrain, certainly is different than in warm weather months so taking a number of precautions can make a big difference on how the journey unfolds”.

Here are some winter-driving tips.

Ice or snow buildup can impede one’s ability to see, so it is important to remove all ice and/or snow from all car windows, the windshield and the washer fluid nozzle. Build up can also prevent the washer fluid nozzle from dispensing fluid.

Let he defroster run for a few minutes before moving the car. This will help ensure that the windshield washer fluid is defrosted.

Keep the defroster on while driving to prevent the windshield wipers from freezing.

Be cautious when braking. Allow for extra distance on slipper roads.

Accelerate gradually and avoid sudden maneuvers.

Do not use cruise control when driving on any slippery surface (wet, ice, sand).

Keep the front defroster on low to help keep road salt from solidifying on your windshield.

Make sure your windshield washer dispenser has plenty of fluid before you depart to and from your destination. Know where you keep your reserve supply.

Pay attention to road condition advisories and updates and heed restrictions.

Avoid driving when fatigued. Getting the proper amount of rest before starting a trip and quit your activity before you get too tired to drive home.

Make certain your tires are properly inflated.

Keep your gas tank at least half full to avoid water condensation in the fuel lines.

If possible, avoid using your parking brake in cold and snowy weather.

Remember to fasten seat belt every time you get into your vehicle.

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