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Ten things for winter-driving virgins to know before hitting snowy roads

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Number 8: If you find yourself in a skid, stay calm
Ease your foot off the gas while carefully steering in the direction you want the front of your vehicle to go. This steering maneuver may require additional counter-steering before you can regain full control of the vehicle. Continue to stay off the pedals (gas and brake) until you are able to regain control of your vehicle.
Number 7: Practice cold weather driving when your area gets snow -- but not on a main road
Until you've sharpened your winter weather driving skills and know how your vehicle handles in snowy conditions, it's best to practice in an empty parking lot in full daylight.
Continue to keep counting down the ten things for winter-driving virgins to know before hitting snowy roads.
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