Knowledgeable from AAA provides ideas for protected winter driving to OUWB group

Luck seems to be operating out for Oakland College William Beaumont College of Medication medical college students who’ve up to now averted having to drive in quaint Michigan snowstorm. 

Based on the Nationwide Climate Service workplace in White Lake, a winter storm is anticipated to influence the area on Wednesday with accumulating snow. That features an estimated 4-6 inches of snow predicted for Pontiac and its surrounding communities. Extra accumulation is anticipated on Friday and all through the weekend.

The anticipated snowfall follows a dry winter — Oakland County acquired 10 inches much less precipitation than regular in December, and January has been on an identical tempo, per the Nationwide Built-in Drought Data System run by the Nationwide Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

However Michiganders realize it’s solely a matter of time earlier than snow rolls by, which is why OUWB not too long ago hosted a consultant from AAA — The Auto Membership Group of Michigan, to speak about driving and automobile security within the winter.

“This occasion is at all times particularly helpful for our college students that come from out of state, however for any of us it’s a good refresher as we head into winter,” stated Katy Torma, administrative coordinator, Scholar Affairs.

“We spend so many months out of the 12 months driving in icy or snowy situations that it is essential to be ready for quite a lot of eventualities which will happen,” she added.

OUWB medical college students like Christian Santiago, M1, have been amongst those that attended.

“I’m from Florida and now we have no probability of driving in snow, ever,” he stated. “This was an important probability for me to actually perceive the talents I should be ready for journey in Michigan or different elements of the Midwest.”

‘Slightly extra severely’

Rachel Wilson, lead teacher, AAA – The Auto Membership Group of Michigan, introduced the session in OUWB’s O’Dowd Corridor.

Wilson stated even for probably the most hardened Michigan driver, the primary large snow occasion of the 12 months can current challenges.

“The primary time we get a snowstorm, it looks like we neglect drive in it,” she stated.

Additional, drivers who’re new to snowstorms “could don’t have any idea of how tough it may be, and the way totally different it may be than even driving in rain.”

If nothing else, she stated, the hope is that everybody takes driving in a snowstorm “a bit of extra severely.”

Wilson talked at size about one of many largest points: decreased traction.

The important thing, she stated, is adjusting pace — the slower you go, the higher traction.

“I’m speaking about various levels of how sluggish it’s important to go,” she stated. “If it’s simply flurries, you could have to decelerate 5 to 10 p.c. If there’s plenty of snow, you could have to decelerate a lot you are feeling like you’re actually crawling.”

Wilson suggests drivers who’re new to snow err on the aspect of warning till they get a really feel for driving in inclement winter climate. A method to take action, she stated, is discover a large open parking zone the place there aren’t any different autos, poles, and so on., and hit the brakes at sure speeds.  

One other tip, she stated, is to permit for not less than 7 seconds of stopping distance between your car and the one in entrance of you. This enables for loads of house to maneuver in case of emergency.

“You at all times need to have a plan B,” she stated. “Ensure you can cease in time if the car in entrance of you immediately hits the brakes.”

Different ideas supplied by Wilson included:

  • Heat your car in an open house with snow cleared away (particularly across the exhaust).
  • Earlier than transferring your car, clear all home windows — not only one “gap” the place you’ll be able to see a fraction of the highway.
  • Clear off the hood of your car to keep away from having snow blow in the direction of the windshield and basically making a “mini-blizzard.”
  • In case you begin to skid, look and steer towards the place you need to go.
  • Use protected driving practices, reminiscent of carrying a seat belt and staying centered.
  • Don’t be overly reliant on car expertise, reminiscent of rear cameras and different sensors that may be lined with filth, slush, salt, and so on.
  • Maintain your headlights on so different drivers can see you higher.
  • When you have snow/ice construct up in your windshield wipers, get off the highway and clear them.
  • In case you get caught, clear snow away from tires and check out spreading sand or kitty litter close to your tires to realize traction.
  • Put together your automobile for protected travels (see graphic under).

Winter Driving Tips

For extra data, contact Andrew Dietderich, advertising and marketing author, OUWB, at [email protected]

To request an interview, go to the OUWB Communications & Advertising webpage.

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