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Tips for winter driving

Nick Cruit
Nevada Appeal News Service

Although snow has not fallen yet in Carson City, experts say it’s a good idea to be prepared for the hazards it can bring.

Chere Lambert, owner of SOS Auto Body in Incline Village, said unprepared tourists are the ones who often cause problems on the road after a snowfall.

“If it snows on a weekend we definitely get more business,” said Lambert. “Most locals are pretty savvy when it comes to getting prepared for snow.”

The best advice for driving in bad winter weather is not to drive at all, if you can avoid it.

Don’t go out until the snow plows and sanding trucks have had a chance to do their work, and allow yourself extra time to reach your destination.

If you must drive in snowy conditions, make sure your car is prepared and that you know how to handle road conditions.

It’s helpful to practice winter driving techniques in a snowy, open parking lot, so you’re familiar with how your car handles. Consult your owner’s manual for tips specific to your vehicle.

If you get stuck

– Do not spin your wheels. This will only dig you in deeper.

– Turn your wheels from side to side a few times to push snow out of the way.

– Use a light touch on the gas, to ease your car out.

– Use a shovel to clear snow away from the wheels and the underside of the car.

– Pour sand, kitty litter, gravel or salt in the path of the wheels, to help get traction.

– Try rocking the vehicle. (Check your owner’s manual first ” it can damage the transmission on some vehicles.) Shift from forward to reverse, and back again. Each time you’re in gear, give a light touch on the gas until the vehicle gets going.