With the Chicago area poised to receive record snowfall this week, Cars.com Senior Editor Joe Wiesenfelder offers motorists tips to help maximize safety while driving in potentially dangerous, wintery conditions.
"First and foremost, stay off the roads Tuesday and Wednesday if you can," says Wiesenfelder. "Use public transportation, especially trains and subways, giving the city's snow plows time to do their jobs. Snow plows can't plow when the streets are cluttered with cars."
If you must drive, says Wiesenfelder, it's important for you to calm down behind the wheel. "Making gradual moves is more important than ever; rapid acceleration and sharp turns break traction on snow or ice. Panic moves often create worse problems than whatever prompted them - swerving around a pothole might seem like a good idea until you find yourself in oncoming traffic."
"Today or Tuesday morning, pre-snow, is also a great time to make sure your car is ready," Wiesenfelder adds. "I strongly recommend drivers do the following:"
"I would expect tow trucks to be flooded with emergency calls during the blizzard," says Wiesenfelder. "If you're not in immediate danger it may be hours before they can get to you. The key here is to prepare as best as possible."
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