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December, 2015 Issue 1

Drive Slow on Ice & Snow


1.  Accelerate and decelerate slowly. Applying the gas slowly to accelerate is the best method for regaining traction and avoiding skids. Donít 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.

2.  Drive slowly. Everything takes longer on snow-covered roads. Accelerating, stopping, turning Ė nothing happens as quickly as on dry pavement. Give yourself time to maneuver by driving slowly.

3.  The normal dry pavement following distance of three to four seconds should be increased to eight to ten seconds. This increased margin of safety will provide the longer distance needed if you have to stop.

4.  Know your brakes. Whether you have antilock brakes or not, the best way to stop is threshold breaking. 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.

5.  Donít stop if you can avoid it. Thereís 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.

6.  Donít power up hills. Applying extra gas on snow-covered roads just starts your wheels spinning. 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 down hill as slowly as possible.

7.  Donít stop going up a hill. Thereís 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.

8.  Stay home. If you really donít have to go out, donít. Even if you can drive well in the snow, not everyone else can. Donít tempt fate: If you donít have somewhere you have to be, watch the snow from indoors.

It's Deer Crossing Season


- Always wear a seat belt as required by state law and drive at a safe, sensible speed for conditions.

- If a collision with a deer seems probable, hit it while maintaining full control of your vehicle. Donít swerve your vehicle to avoid striking a deer. Brake firmly and stay in your lane. The alternative could be even worse.

- Stay alert. Deer are unpredictable and can dart out into traffic on busy highways.

- Report any deer-vehicle collisions to a local law enforcement agency  within 24 hours.

- Under Ohio law, the driver of a vehicle that strikes and kills a deer may take possession of it by first obtaining a deer possession receipt. The permits are available from law enforcement or state wildlife officers and from local Division of Wildlife district offices.