Icy Advice

Icy Advice

With wet roads and dropping temps, driving experts are reminding motorists of the basics.

A wintry mix blanketed Vermont, New York and New Hampshire the day before Thanksgiving. Falling temperatures overnight might lead to an icy holiday.

Driving experts are reminding motorists of some safety tips.

Milton High School's driver education instructor Derek Demers was fresh off giving a lesson to a high school student when he took some time to give the same advice to us.

Demers says he teaches every student to drive like its winter so that when it is they don't have to adjust.

He does say that driving in icy conditions means you need to give yourself a lot more time to react.

“We recommend four seconds of following distance under normal conditions,” Demers said.

“But if it's going to be tough conditions like this with slush and possibly ice and snow and all that kind of stuff stay back more than four seconds.”

For those of you planning on driving Thursday morning, Demers says give yourself more time to reach your destination and if you have a safe space before you hit the road, it's not a bad idea to test your brakes to get a feel of the icy conditions.

He also says start slowing down well before stop signs and lights and slow down on turns.

“There's a lot of snow on the side of the road your car naturally doesn't want to turn anyway so you have to slow it down even more,” Demers said.

Demers says usually all things will end well if you stay slow when it's slippery on the roads.

“Often times we don't slow down quite as early as we should have. We drive a little bit faster then what we should be and we get a little bit over confident with our driving skills. And that's when people get into trouble. Speed is the number one reason people get in crashes in the winter time,” Demers said.

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