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3 essential winter driving tips for first-time snow drivers

If this is your first winter in Anchorage after moving from a place where it does not snow, you may have some trouble navigating the roads. The slippery roads and reduced visibility that come with winter can give you some difficulties when you are simply trying to drive around. 

Driving in the snow for the first time can be unnerving, but you can get the hang of it and reduce your chances of getting in a motor vehicle crash

1. Be gentle

According to winter driving tips from Wired, you should take it slow when you drive in the snow. Reduce your normal driving speed so you can retain control and have more time to react to hazards. When the road is icy, it takes longer for your car to stop because of the lack of traction. Apply pressure to your brake pedal slowly when stopping. You should also accelerate moderately to avoid any skids or lost traction. 

2. Replace your tires when necessary

Your tires need a substantial amount of tread in order to have enough traction on the snow and ice. If your tires are going bald, it is time to get new ones. You should also think about getting winter tires instead of all-season ones. Winter tires have bars that make sure your tires do not get too worn down.

3. Make sure you can see well

Sleet, snow and even rain can make it difficult to see while driving. Check that your windshield wipers are in great working condition. If they are not, then get new ones. If there is ice or frost on your windshield or windows, make sure you clean it off before driving. You should also clean the inside of your windshield and windows. 

Driving in the snow for the first time can be intimidating, but these three tips can help you get used to it and stay safe. 

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