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Severe Weather Driving TipsOn ice or snow
When driving to Bogus Basin Mountain
- Bridges and overpasses freeze first, so always slow down and avoid sudden changes in speed or direction.
- Keep windows clear.
- Keep your speed steady and slow -- but not so slow that your car gets stuck in deeper snow.
- Use your brakes cautiously. Abrupt braking can cause brake lock-up and cause you to lose steering control.
- To make Antilock Brakes work correctly, apply constant, firm pressure to the pedal.
- During an emergency stop, push the brake pedal all the way to the floor, if necessary, even in wet or icy conditions.
- If you get stuck in snow, straighten the wheels and accelerate slowly. Avoid spinning the tires. Use sand or cinders under the drive wheels.
In high winds
- Observe speed limits.
- Use the slow vehicle turn-outs if you are holding up 3 or more cars.
- Do NOT pass cars. Ever!
- Tailgating does not make traffic move faster. Allow extra time on peak days and during extreme winter driving conditions.
- Use caution if you stop to assist other vehicles. Pull over completely, turn on your flashers and use flares to warn other drivers.
- The road is plowed and sanded but snow tires, siped tires, 4-wheel drive or traction devices such as chains are strongly recommended.
When it rains
- It is best not to drive a trailer, van or other "high-profile" vehicle in high winds.
- If driving in high winds, use extra caution near trailers, vans or vehicles carrying lightweight cargo.
When it's foggy
- Slow down. Roads usually prove more slippery than they would seem.
- Turn on your headlights.
- Use the defroster or air conditioner to keep windows and mirrors clear.
In a Hailstorm
- Stay to the right of the roadway.
- Turn on your headlights -- day or night -- to low beam.
- If you can't see the road's edge, pull off on the right -- well out of the traffic lane -- and turn on the emergency flashers.
- Wait until visibility improves before you continue.
In severe thunderstorms
- Find shelter by driving under an overpass or bridge.
- Listen to your car radio and be alert.
Aggressive Driving: Asking for Trouble
Are you an aggressive driver? Do you:
- Speed up when someone tries to pass you?
- Tailgate people who are going slower than you?
- Weave in and out of traffic?
- Pass cars on the right?
- Flash your headlights at vehicles?
- Overuse your horn?
- Make obscene gestures?
- Yell out your window at people?
- Race for a position on the highway?
Safety and preventative measures
To avoid an encounter with an aggressive driver, remember these tips:
- Don't block the passing lane.
- Avoid blocking the right-hand turn lane.
- Don't take more than one parking space.
- Don't tailgate.
- Don't stop in the road to talk with a pedestrian or other drivers.
- If you travel slowly, pull over to allow traffic to pass you.
- Avoid eye contact with an aggressive driver.
- Keep your eyes on the road.
- Keep away from erratic drivers.
- Don't challenge other drivers by speeding up to hold your own in your travel lane.
- Ignore gestures; do not return them.
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