2006-12-07 / About Town

Driving in ice and snow

Winter driving can be challenging to any motorist, but slippery roads can be especially difficult for novice drivers dealing with ice and snow for the first time, according to AAA of Southern New England.

"Parents need to work with their teens to help them gain the experience they need for safe winter driving in the safest possible environment," said John Paul, the AAA manager of traffic safety.

AAA offers parents the following tips to help them teach their teens how to drive in winter conditions:

• The first rule is to always wear a seat belt.

• Under close supervision, let the teen practice slow speed maneuvers on a wide-open snow- or icecovered parking lot. Have the teen practice hard braking and steering in skidding conditions.

• A novice driver's first on-theroad experience with winter driving should not occur during a major snowstorm. Wait until conditions are less severe.

• Consider limiting your teen's driving on slippery roads to daylight hours until they gain some experience.

• Remind young drivers that driving under the influence is dangerous under any conditions, and that the risk is much greater on slippery roads.

• Make sure family vehicles are equipped with essential emergency equipment, including a cell phone, flashlight, blankets, jumper cables, sand or non-clumping cat litter and a small shovel or ice scraper.

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