NEW YORK (FOX 5 NY) - Traffic accidents can be a big problem expecially when the weather turns snowy and icy. To avoid being 'that guy' who makes the rest of us late for work, I caught up with Chris Duplessi at the Monticello Motor Club for tips on winter driving.
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"If your brake pedal starts vibrating it means your anti-lock brake system is kicking in and that's a warning sign," said Duplessi.
If you're in that situation where the ABS is kicking in, what should you do?
"You should have brought snow tires at the beginning of the season, you should have slowed down, you should have done a lot of things, but don't panic. Don't add in a lot of steering. That's usually where people make a lot of mistakes because they add in a lot of wheel because they're scared.. The push the brake harder. You actually kinda want to do the opposite of everything you're thinking. Release the brakes a bit. Keep the wheel pretty straight look further down the road."
Chris and other car experts say, "your car goes where your eyes go."
Don't stare at the accident in front of you or you'll run right into it look for a way "around" the crash.
Another tip, buy snow tires or "winter tires" as they're called now.. They're worth the money and they'll make your regular tires last twice as long.
One more thing, keep both hands on the wheel and put your phone away before you get in the car.
Chris his number one tip for everyone is slow down especially if you're in a big four wheel drive vehicle.