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Winter is Here!!

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Winter is officially here!!!  Some may be excited, some may be not so happy about it, but the fact still remains, winter weather is upon us.  Living in Harrison County, we have been very lucky so far this winter season, but the first measurable snowfall has finally hit us.  School was delayed for most kids in the area and drivers were still in their “non snow” mind-set.

As I watched the e-squads going past with lights flashing and the scanner being “noisier” than usual, I think we all could use a reminder of driving safe in the snow.  According to the Weather Channel’s website, the most important thing to do is make sure your vehicle is prepared.  First thing is to make sure you have a proper tune up on the vehicle, making sure all fluids, plugs, battery and tires are in proper working order.  Before attempting to drive in winter weather there are a few items you should make sure you have with you: a shovel, jumper cables, bag of salt or cat litter, working flashlight, roadside emergency kit, ice scrapper, and blanket.

When heading out on the road, try to wait until the salt truck has gone through.  If you are unable to wait, be prepared for the unexpected.  Take it slow and remember it takes more room to stop in wet or slick conditions and should keep plenty of room between you and the car ahead of you.  Brake gently to avoid skidding.  You should always have your lights on and make sure your windshield is clean.  And remember, bridges and overpasses freeze quicker than the rest of the road.

If you do find yourself starting to skid, DO NOT slam on your brakes.  Take your foot off the accelerator and carefully apply the brake.  If you have ABS you will feel the brakes pulse-this is normal.  Do not pump the brakes if you have ABS.  If you do not have ABS you SHOULD pump your brakes.  You should also turn the steering wheel in the direction you are wanting to go.

If you are unable to control your slide or find yourself stuck, do not spin your wheels, this will only dig you deeper.  Turn your wheels from side to side a few times to push the snow out of the way then use a light touch to try and ease your car out.  You can also clear some of the snow away from the wheels and pour sand or cat litter in front of your tires to help get traction.  Rocking the vehicle a little forward and back can help get traction too, but be sure to only give a light touch to the gas and not spin to dig yourself deeper.

Ultimately, you need to pay attention to your surroundings, give yourself plenty of time to get where you are going and TAKE YOUR TIME.  For more tips, check out the Weather Channel’s website.

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Larry Bertolino

Larry Bertolino

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Larry Bertolino is a 31 year old, U.S Navy Veteran and currently sitting on the board of Directors for the Harrison County Chamber of Commerce, as well as Harrison County Rural Transit.
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