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What can I do to drive safely this holiday season?

Despite the fact that Southern California may not necessarily be known for its significant winter weather, you and countless other Los Angeles residents may still find yourself navigating some pretty hazardous conditions this holiday season. Keeping a few key driver-safety tips in mind during your holiday travels can help to ensure that you and your family remain safe no matter where you go.

The Weather Channel explains that one of the most important things you can do to avoid being in a car accident this winter is to recognize extreme weather conditions, as well as your own limitations. If you are confronted by heavy rain and/or snow, therefore, it is generally recommended that you avoid getting on the road unless absolutely necessary. In the event that you do choose to drive during inclement weather, there are several things you can do to promote safety on the road.

Planning ahead and being prepared to drive slowly is crucial to avoid being involved in a weather-related accident. Not only should you anticipate leaving your house early, but you should also plan on driving slower than usual and being extra cautious. You are advised, for instance, to slow for and not pass road maintenance vehicles like snow plows. It is also recommended that you always allow three vehicles’ worth of space between you and the car in front of you during times of bad weather and poor visibility.

In the event that you encounter icy roads, there are several steps that you can take to prevent your vehicle from skidding. By stopping accelerating and gently applying your brakes, you can help to slow your vehicle and regain traction. You may also be able to prevent your car from spinning by steering in the same direction that your rear wheels are sliding.

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