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Top tips for remaining safe when driving in the snow

As one of our New Jersey readers, you know that snow can move into your area without notice. If this happens and you find yourself on the road, you must change your approach to ensure that you stay safe.

Here are some top tips for driving safely when there is snow on the road:

-- Do everything slowly. From accelerating to decelerating, this is no time for driving fast in snowy conditions. Slowing down will improve your ability to avoid an accident.

-- Leave more distance. You should leave as much space as possible between your vehicle and others on the road, as it may take more time to stop.

-- Don't slam on your brakes. This is easier said than done, but it's something to avoid if possible. If you hit your brakes too hard in snowy or icy conditions, it can lead to a loss of control.

-- Don't stop when traveling up a hill. Once you get moving, you don't want to break your momentum. If you do so, you may find it difficult to start back up.

Finally, don't forget to keep close tabs on other drivers. Even if you're following these tips, you will soon find that others don't care to change their ways in the snow. For this reason, they're taking the risk of causing a serious accident.

If you're involved in an accident with a negligent driver, move your car to safety, contact police and receive immediate medical treatment. Along with this, there will come a time when you can learn more about your legal rights for receiving compensation.

Source: AAA, "Winter Driving Tips," accessed Dec. 22, 2016

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