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Be careful with late spring driving

April 18, 2013
Estherville Daily News

Here we went, a long winter with little snow, and then Mother Nature made herself known with a late spring storm this week.

A number of accidents - one tragic - reminded us all of how dangerous driving can be, even though we're a month into spring.

So let's remind ourselves of some winter (in this case, spring) driving tips:

n Slow down. When you're driving on wet, slushy roads, it's a good idea to not drive any faster than the speed at which you want to go into the ditch.

n Ask yourself if the trip is really worth it. Sure, a quick zip uptown for groceries is probably a necessity. But is it really worth it to make that long trip over hazardous roads for a shopping trip? Probably not.

n If you really have to make that trip, leave early. Way early. The earlier, the better. It's when we're running late that we feel rushed and then we drive past the limits of our car and the weather conditions.

n Are your wipers working? Bad windshield wipers can cut visibility to the point that you can't see what's up ahead.

n Scrape your windows. And allow yourself enough time to turn on your defroster in your car, too.

n Increase your following distance. This can be a factor several times what it normally is on dry pavement. So give yourself that extra space between yourself and the guy ahead.

n If you don't have to drive at night, don't. Try to make your trip during the day instead.

Using a little patience and common sense will help a lot if you're driving in wintry weather.



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