Don’t Panic, But Be Prepared: Winter Weather Advisory In Effect

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Jan 062022

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory from midnight to noon on Friday, Jan. 7.

Total snow accumulations of 4 to 6 inches are expected for our area and school closings are anticipated for our children’s safety.

Plan on slippery road conditions, as hazardous conditions will impact the morning commute. Snowfall rates could reach or exceed one inch per hour in any heavy snowbands.

We live in New England, we’ve had snowstorms before, we know what to expect, so don’t panic, just be prepared.

From the AAA Website, here are tips for driving in the snow:

(These are especially important to new teen drivers or nervous drivers who cower at the thought of going out on snow covered roads.)

  • Stay home. Only go out if necessary. Even if you can drive well in bad weather, it’s better to avoid taking unnecessary risks by venturing out.
  • Drive slowly. Always adjust your speed down to account for lower traction when driving on snow or ice.
  • Accelerate and decelerate slowly. Apply the gas slowly to regain traction and avoid skids. Don’t try to get moving in a hurry and take time to slow down for a stoplight. Remember: It takes longer to slow down on icy roads.
  • Increase your following distance to five to six seconds. This increased margin of safety will provide the longer distance needed if you have to stop.
  • Know your brakes. Whether you have antilock brakes or not, keep the heel of your foot on the floor and use the ball of your foot to apply firm, steady pressure on the brake pedal.
  • Don’t stop if you can avoid it. There’s a big difference in the amount of inertia it takes to start moving from a full stop versus how much it takes to get moving while still rolling. If you can slow down enough to keep rolling until a traffic light changes, do it.
  • Don’t power up hills. Applying extra gas on snow-covered roads will just make your wheels spin. Try to get a little inertia going before you reach the hill and let that inertia carry you to the top. As you reach the crest of the hill, reduce your speed and proceed downhill slowly.
  • Don’t stop going up a hill. There’s nothing worse than trying to get moving up a hill on an icy road. Get some inertia going on a flat roadway before you take on the hill.

Also, you have plenty of time to prepare today before the first snowflake falls. Follow these cold weather driving tips from AAA.

  • Keep a bundle of cold-weather gear in your car, such as extra food and water, warm clothing, a flashlight, a glass scraper, blankets, medications, and more.
  • Make certain your tires are properly inflated and have plenty of tread.
  • Keep at least half a tank of fuel in your vehicle at all times.
  • Never warm up a vehicle in an enclosed area, such as a garage.
  • Do not use cruise control when driving on any slippery surface, such as on ice and snow.

And here’s something that’s VERY important: Clearing the snow from your vehicle

Why you should completely clean off your car before you drive. (Includes the dangers if you don’t and fines you will face)