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AAA shares winter driving tips

| December 9, 2021 1:00 AM

With freezing temperatures and snow on the way, AAA is sharing winter driving tips to help reduce the chances of a deadly collision. Severe weather is a factor in nearly half a million crashes and 2,000 deaths nationwide each year.

“Now is a good time to explore your options for traction control. Winter and studded snow tires have deep grooves to wick away snow and ice, and they stay soft and flexible even in colder conditions. Tire chains or tire socks are also great to have when the roads get slick,” said AAA Idaho public affairs director Matthew Conde. “Choose the traction devices that match your winter driving patterns and comfort level.”

Winter driving in Idaho often means traveling through areas of snow, ice, and reduced visibility. When the weather turns nasty, drivers should reduce speed and increase their following distance to 8 to 10 seconds and avoid sudden stops and starts on hills whenever possible.

Several more tips, including the keys to safely transporting a Christmas tree, can be found in the attached release. Please contact me if you’d like an interview.

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