SafeBee's Top Winter Safety Tips

10 surprising ways to beat the elements and sidestep a slip, injury or accident
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Steer clear of a spin-out

It takes four to 10 times longer to stop on slick roads. If you can't stay off the roads when they're slick or icy, leave extra room between you and the vehicle in front of you. Forget the three-second rule. Instead, leave enough room so you'll have 12 seconds or more to stop. That means leaving eight to ten car lengths, says Mark Cox, director of the Bridgestone Winter Driving School. But don't fixate on the car in front of you; watch what's happening in front of him. This may give you a few seconds' advantage if you're coming up to a treacherous spot. If you start to skid, steer in the direction the back end of your car is moving and accelerate a just tiny bit.

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