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Letter: Many have forgotten winter driving skills

Many have forgotten winter driving skills

Driving in winter weather is challenging, to say the least. I don’t need to rehash the obstacles of winter driving.

A little common sense and communication can make things easier and safer for everyone. So without offending anyone, I hope, here goes.

Expect cars to slowly inch out into the lane in which you are driving. The snow is piled so high that it’s unsafe to do otherwise. Drive your vehicle closer to the center of the road to allow yourself to be seen. Slow down and expect cars at crossroads.

Then there are the usuals: scrape your windows, brush off your whole car, turn into the skid, etc., There are two more important tips. Your car, whether or not it has anti-lock brakes, will not turn if you are stepping on the brake. The car will skid into what you’re trying to avoid. You have to trust it and let your foot off the brake for the tires to grab and the car to turn. It may be hard to overcome the fear, but it’s the only way to turn on snow and ice.

Finally, when you are trying to merge or change lanes and someone flashes his headlights at you, that means he is giving you permission to cut in front of him. Or, to put it another way, he is letting you in. I’ve tried to accommodate merging drivers on numerous occasions only to realize they never learned this.

Last thing: On busy roads with a median, it is often required when trying to make a left turn onto such roads to pull out halfway into the median, then merge to the destination lane when safe. Often, drivers in those lanes don’t understand, or trust this, so they slow down or honk their horn in panic. Relax. If we don’t merge like this, we’ll never get there.

It’s not that hard.

Paul Steffan