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Project Winter: Driving safely during winter weather

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Peoria, IL (HOI ABC) - It's no secret that driving can be difficult sometimes, and snow and ice make it even more dangerous.

Doug Burgess from Burgess Driving School in East Peoria says that sometimes the safest thing you can do while driving in a snow storm is not driving at all.

"I think the biggest thing when you have inclement weather is, especially in snow or ice, is make a good decision about whether or not you should go out in the first place."

If you do drive in a winter storm, Burgess says to make sure you clear off any snow or ice that is on your car. Snow can blow off of your hood and up over your windshield. This reduces your visibility and makes it more dangerous.

Snow or ice can off fly from your car to the car behind you, which makes things dangerous for the driver behind you.

When snow starts to stick and accumulate on the roads, initially it may not look to dangerous. Burgess says don't be fooled.

In additional to causing slick roads, snow can reduce visibility and cover up lane lanes.

Driving in snow can be done safely with the proper precautions, but Burgess recommends not driving on ice if at all possible.

"Ice is obviously terribly slick, I know snow is too, but ice is very very difficult. If you can help it at all, I absolutely would advise not driving on ice. Ad sometimes you don't have a choice, there's black ice out there and things like that. If conditions are icy, I would absolutely say stay home."

If you ever get stranded during a winter storm, Burgess has the following tips.

  • Stay with your vehicle.
  • If you run your car, make sure you remove snow around your tailpipe to avoid potential carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Make sure you have an emergency kit ahead of time with things such as blankets, flashlights, flares, jumper cables, bottled water and a cell phone charger.

Brian Walder

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