***SEE NOTE AT BOTTOM***
With the first real snowfall of the season hitting Vermont this week, The Winooski wants to give all the flatlanders (and anyone who drives like a flatlander) some safety tips for traveling in wintry conditions:
- On snow and ice vehicles respond best to quick, jerky steering wheel, brake, and accelerator movements. Floor it!
- Hold the steering wheel with one hand at 12 o’clock, also known as the “one hand lean”, so you can warm up your other hand on the defroster.
- Dense, cold air makes your car more efficient. Don’t be too concerned about filling up at the pump before a backcountry trip. You can make it!
- You don’t actually need to carry survival supplies to sustain you until help arrives. That’s an urban myth.
- Snowing? High beams on for safety!
- Stop before reaching the top of a snowy hill to make sure your brakes work.
- Travelling immediately after snowfall is the best time to travel. There aren’t any other cars on the road!
- Snow tires are a conspiracy theory invented by rubber companies to sell you unnecessary products.
- If unsure of road conditions use Route 108, or “The Notch”, whenever possible.
Have tips of your own? Comment on the post!
***Please don’t actually do any of these things. In fact, do the opposite of everything we just said. We don’t want to die.