Rick's Auto Service

Mishawaka Auto Repair

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TIPS FOR DRIVING IN THE SNOW. ALWAYS BE PREPARED.

  • Remember to accelerate and decelerate slowly. The best method for regaining traction and to avoid skids is to apply gas slowly. Don’t be in a hurry, that’s when you get in trouble, it always take longer to slow down.
  • Always drive slow. Not matter what, everyone is going slower it is a huge difference driving on dry pavement versus ice.
  • When on dry pavement leave a distance of 3 to 4 seconds when on ice increase to 8 to 10 seconds behind next car.
  • How well do you know your brakes? By keeping the heel of your foot on the floor use the ball of the foot, brake until you feel one or more wheels lock, ease up, when the wheels are rolling reapply pressure.
  • We call this the Hoosier stop, at many of the stop signs it is straight ice, so if you can slow and roll thru safely (you could still get a ticket but if you talk respectfully with the officer you might be ok—haven’t had this experience) also I’ve seen lots of officers doing the exact same thing?
  • When going up a hill, try not to stop, move very very slow, otherwise you may start sliding  backwards down the hill(very scary).
  • All else fails and you can stay home, especially if the news is saying don’t go out unless you have to.

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