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Take the Danger Out of Driving in Cold Weather

Print Article Contributed by FSM Staff

ARLINGTON, TEXAS -- Fall is upon us and winter is just around the corner. It’s time to start preparing for a season that the Farmers’ Almanac says will be colder, wetter and longer than usual.

That means drivers are going to be faced with months of adverse weather conditions and driving challenges that will include fog, rain, snow and ice.

No one understands how to prepare for foul-weather road conditions better than Smith System, the world leader in advanced driver safety training. Driving Weather is part of the extensive Driving series of videos and E-Learning selections that each focus on a specific challenge facing drivers. Smith System productions are available on DVD, USB or through its extensive E-Learning library.

“No matter how experienced you are, changes in the weather affect every driver — and those changes can happen very fast,” said Jim Smith, Senior Vice President of Training at Smith System. “When you learn in advance how to manage and prepare for those conditions, you can change the outcome of what could have been a deadly situation.”

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration, about one-fourth of all weather-related vehicle crashes happen on snowy or icy pavement, and 15 percent happen during snowfall or sleet. More than 1,300 people die each year in vehicle crashes on snowy, slushy or icy roads.

“There’s nothing you can do about the weather, but there are things you can do to keep yourself and others around you safe,” Smith said. “Driving Weather is designed to teach drivers how to use The Smith5Keys® methodology to adapt their driving habits during bad weather.”
The Smith5Keys principles include creating a cushion of space around your vehicle, assessing road and driving conditions, and making sure your vehicle is properly set up for maximum driving visibility.

“When the weather changes, there’s no substitute for preparation,” Smith said. “When you can’t avoid the situation, you need to know how to get through it safely.”




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