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Expert Interview 2: Winter braking with Road America

Posted by Scott Stueber, CPCU, CISR, AAI on Mar 3, 2015 9:09:00 AM

SUV-in-ditchDo you happen to pump your brakes? If you have an anti-lock braking system (ABS) in your car, do you understand how to use it correctly?

Kevin Greenwald, a retired police officer and driving instructor at Road America, discusses braking safely in winter weather.

Winter braking tips

So many accidents happen because people feel they’re out of options and brace for impact. You always want to pay attention to the road conditions and how people are driving around you. The more alert you are, the better your chances of preventing or surviving an accident.


In addition, here are a few ways to save on your brake's wear and tear.

1. Speed kills. 

We know that driving too fast for certain conditions puts us in dangerous or deadly situations. Speed also kills the life of your brakes. The quicker you go, the more energy it takes them to stop your car. Slow down!

2.  Avoid tailgating.

Allowing a safe following distance is crucial for many reasons.  First, it gives you time to react to a situation in front of you. Second, it prevents you from constantly touching or slamming on your brakes. If you allow enough room between you and the car in front, you can coast when their brake lights go on.

3. Use your commute to your advantage.

If you commute to work or are very familiar with your driving route, think about traffic flow. Is there a particular spot that’s always congested or where traffic slows down? If so, let off the gas before that curve in the road or downhill slope.

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Topics: Teen Safety, Weather

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