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Winter and Wet Weather Driving

Before you start...

Check the weather forecast and postpone your trip if necessary. (Please contact Facilities Services if you will be cancelling your reservation to avoid any no-show fees.)

Make sure your car is well maintained:

  • Wipers in good condition
  • Fluid levels full
  • Tires properly inflated and worn tires replaced.

Do not drive when you are tired.

Winter Driving

The Motor Pool provides some equipment to assist in winter driving. This equipment includes tire chains and ice scrapers. Motor Pool also installs "all-season" tires on its vehicles for additional safety.

To maximize safety, the following operating recommendations should be followed:

  • Reduce winter driving stress by leaving earlier and giving yourself more time.
  • Reduce risk of skidding by looking ahead and slowing even more for turns and stops.
  • Allow 3-5 times the normal braking distance to come to a full stop on snow or ice.
  • A.B.S. brakes reduce tire skid when braking, but on ice, snow, gravel, soft surfaces, etc., braking distances can be longer than with conventional brakes.
  • Listen to weather forecasts on radio and TV

Rain Hazards

  • Stay out of puddles. They can hide potholes and flood your brakes.
  • If your brakes get flooded, dry them by driving with the brake pedal down until they start working again.
  • If spray from an oncoming vehicle blinds you, grip the wheel firmly, stay off the brake, and be ready to break when the view clears

Slippery Roads--Wet or Icy

  • Stay below posted speed limits.
  • To avoid hydroplaning on wet roads, try to drive in the tracks of the car in front of you.
  • Avoid braking heavily.
  • Watch for icy patches on bridges and in the shade.
  • If you skid, take your foot off the gas and turn in the direction you want the car to go. Do not use the brake

Poor Visibility

  • Reduce your speed so you can stop in whatever distance you can see ahead.
  • Use your flashers if you are going slow.
  • Pull over if it is dangerous to drive.
  • Remember to use your wipers.
  • Use low-beams when visibility is a problem, both day and night.
  • Wear sunglasses when there is glare from snow.
  • If snow or ice builds up on your windshield, stop and clean it off.