As heavy snowfall impacts the state, AAA is offering tips for safe and smart driving.
Clear all snow and ice from your car. State law requires cars to be completely clear of snow and ice before driving after a snowstorm. Snow left on the top of your car can fly off and smash into the windshield of another vehicle on the road. Drivers who violate the "ice missile" law will be subject to a fine.
Use major routes such as highways and streets that are well traveled whenever possible. Roads that see less traffic will be snowier and more dangerous.
Avoid passing plows unless absolutely necessary.
Leave a following distance of 8-10 seconds between you and the car in front of you. This will give you more time to react and stop in case one of you slips, skids or spins out.
Accelerate and brake slowly to maintain as much traction on the road as possible. Starting, stopping and turning take longer on snowy roads.
Do not use cruise control on slick roads. This can cause you to slip.
In an emergency, pull off to the side away from traffic as safely as you can. Turn on your hazard lights and stay in the car while calling for help, unless you're worried your car might be struck from behind.
Call 911 in an emergency situation, or AAA roadside assistance (1-800-AAA-HELP) during non-emergencies.