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ROAD READY Get more with these CAA Rewards partners PIRELLI TIRES Always drive with winter tires in snowy weather. Pirelli's technology ensures safety and comfort. Get up to 125 CAA Dollars with the purchase of four Pirelli tires. NAPA AUTO PARTS Cold, ice and snow can degrade the rubber in your wiper blades. Replace them every six months at NAPA. Save 10% on regular-price products. AARS GARAGES Oil is your vehicle's lifeblood, absorbing water, dust and dirt to protect your engine. Get regular oil changes at a CAA AARS facility. Earn 3% in CAA Dollars. To contact CAA for roadside assistance, call 1-800-CAA-HELP (1-800-222-4357) or send a request through the CAA Mobile App, which you can download for free at WE'RE HERE TO HELP 1. Check weather and travel conditions before heading out, and drive accordingly. If conditions are poor, stay off the roads—in truly foul weather, CAA's own emergency roadside service vehicles may not be able to reach you until things clear up. 2. Plan your trip in advance. Allow extra time for travel and let others know your route and ETA. 3. Turn on lights. Most cars are equipped with daytime running lights, but that may not include your full headlights and/or tail lights. Manually turn on lights, especially with shorter days and reduced visibility. 4. Snow and ice can affect your stopping distance. Leave more space than you normally would between your own vehicle and the car ahead of you, and use turn signals well in advance to alert drivers around you. 5. Focus on smooth braking and steering in slippery conditions. If you jerk the wheel or slam the brakes, your tire treads could lose traction and you'll start sliding. 6. Don't crowd the plow. While it is legal to pass snowplows, always give operators room to work in order to prevent collisions and get roads cleared faster. Plows can impact visibility by sca†ering loose snow, so it's best to slow down, stay back and wait for the plow to move aside before a†empting a pass. Plow operators are trained to move over and let traffic pass when safe. 7. Always slow down at intersections and pay special a†ention in school zones. 8. Slow down around emergency vehicles—it's the law. Where possible, move to the far le‰ lane to give operators room to work safely. 9. Driving educators can teach you smarter driving strategies, like threshold braking, steering techniques and how to get out of a skid. Consider brushing up on your skills at a driving school. HOW TO DRIVE SMARTER Essential strategies for smarter driving on wintry roads PHOTOGRAPHY ISTOCK.COM/WILLOWPIX. ILLUSTRATIONS CHRISTY LUNDY 38 | CAA MAGAZINE

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