Tips to Driving in that White Stuff!

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Real Estate Agent with Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA KW Legacy Group S44645

Here is Cedar Rapids, there are HUGE beautiful flakes flying outside as I type this blog.  It is a winter wonderland of flurries and it is so beautiful. 

We all forget how to drive it seems when the first snowfall happens...and although this is not the first snowfall of the winter, we have not had a lot of the white stuff since Christmas Eve when we got that 10-12 inches.  I think that we all need a reminder on how to keep it safe out there.  Especially for those drivers that may be spending their first winter driving here in Iowa or for the new drivers that have NEVER driven in snow until now.

First of all, SLOW DOWN!  You should know this from physics class, but the bigger you are, the harder it is to stop~yes, I am talking about all the 4 wheel drive vehicles that I am seeing that are spinning out, driving too fast, and I will see them in the ditch later this afternoon.

Give yourself extra space between the car in front of you.  Why?  Because they may not be able to stop either and you will need to be able to get around them to avoid a rear end collision.

Clear off your windows...all of them.  This seems like common sense, but really, please do not just scrape a hole in the windshield and not uncover your mirrors and ALL of your windows.  You need to be able to see all of your escape routes.

Clean off your headlights and tail lights, please.  This is especially important if you have a white vehicle.  You are not able to be seen in this white mess without your lights clearly visible.  It takes a extra couple of minutes to make sure that they are cleared and working.

Most of all, be safe out there!  We all have places to be, give yourself extra time to get there.  Don't rush.  Don't try to drive the way you would on a clear sunny day.  You will quickly lose control and cause more people to go in the ditch or median with you.  It is NOT worth it.

Be safe out there today!

Keep smiling!

Karen

 

 

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Karen Feltman, REALTOR®, ABR, AHS, CHMS,                                                                      CNE,CRS, e-Pro, green, GRI, SRES, TRC

Keller Williams Legacy Group

4850 Armar Drive SE Ste B

Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52403

Email: karenfeltman@gmail.com

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Margo Currie
Exit 1 Stop Realty - Saint Augustine Beach, FL

When I lived and worked in western Pennsylvania, "the white stuff" was the bane of my existence. Early on in my driving experience, I was hit from behind two days in a row in snow. I was sitting at a red light the first time, and the very next day, an alcohol compromised driver, traveling too fast for conditions, slid into me on a bridge. Ever since, I didn't like the beautiful autumn season b/c I knew what was coming next! Now that I live in Florida, I don't fear winter anymore, and I even appreciate the beautiful photos of snow. 

Jan 17, 2011 07:57 AM #1
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Simon Mills
Mills Realty - Toluca Lake, CA

Sounds like good advice that everyone should already be aware of, but coming back from a recent ski trip it was amazing to see how many people should have read this blog!

Jan 17, 2011 08:44 AM #2
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Michele Miller ~ REALTOR®, LMC, HSE, CHS, SRES, CMRS
ERA Key Realty~Worcester County Realty Group - Worcester, MA
'Helping You Make the Best Move"

As I read this post, Karen, it's snowing here in Worcester, MA today! More is expected on Friday too.

Thanks for the reminder and BE SAFE OUT THERE!

Jan 18, 2011 12:58 AM #3
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Karen Feltman
Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA KW Legacy Group - Cedar Rapids, IA
Relocation Specialist in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

@Margo-I envy you, though I still love the changing of the seasons here!  I don't let winter ruin my appreciation for the fall season.  I am actually heading to Florida in a couple of days for a week!  Can't wait for a vacation from the white stuff!

@Simon-It is always amazing to me that people forget how to drive in the snow after 9 months without it!

@Michele-You be safe too!

Jan 18, 2011 06:26 AM #4
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