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Staying safe on the road while traveling this holiday seasonThursday, December 13, 2012

Category:Car Enthusiast Talk

A recent Trip Advisor survey indicated that 45 percent of Americans are planning to travel during the December holidays, up from 42 percent last year. Driving was the No. 1 mode of transportation during the month, with 48 percent of the survey's travelers saying that's the way they were getting to and from their destinations.

Before their trips, motorists should equip their cars with Husky Liners® vehicle floor mats to protect their cars' carpet from the harsh weather conditions and extra abuse during the holiday travel season.

The Bridgestone Winter Driving School issued a report recently on how to be extra careful as many Americans are hitting the road for the December holiday travel season.

The school issued tips encouraging drivers to scan the road ahead of them to avoid the hazards poor weather can throw at them, not rely heavily on technology and follow their 1-2-3 rule.

Mark Cox, the school's director said if a driver is reacting to the road conditions they are already making a mistake. Cox said the best reaction, in nearly every instance, is to slow down. He added that stopping distances can be increased by four to 10 times on icy or snowy roads. By scanning the road ahead, a driver is able to anticipate and slow down gradually, remaining under control.

The school warned drivers not rely too much on technology, like all-wheel drive and traction/stability control, while on the road.

“All-wheel drive helps you go but it does nothing to improve the braking ability of the vehicle on a slick surface," Cox added. "Unfortunately, too many drivers feel invincible once they experience that all-wheel-drive traction pulling them away from a stop and think that translates to everything the car is doing.”

The school's 1-2-3 rule applies to the many cars with front wheel drive. Cars with front wheel drive do most of the braking, steering and accelerating on two wheels, meaning that when roads are slick, a driver will want to utilize all the front-wheel traction for one task at a time. Cox said when you need to make a turn, count to three.

"First, brake to an appropriate speed," he added." Then release the brakes and steer through the turn. And finally, accelerate only after you have completed the turn.”