How not to crash your car in snow and ice

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Photo: Wintry highway
(Photo: Courtesy of Gordon Hatton via Wikimedia Commons)

When you're braving the roads, Mark Cox, director of the Bridgestone Winter Driving School in Steamboat Springs, has some advice. Most importantly, he says, "Look far enough ahead. It takes four to 10 times longer to stop on ice and snow than it does on dry pavement. So, as a driver, you have to look that much farther ahead and increase your following distance."

Cox says all-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive can be handy, but adds, "A lot of people gain a false sense of confidence. It doesn't matter how many wheels propel the vehicle forward, when it comes to braking or cornering."

EDITOR'S NOTE: A version of this story ran on March 10, 2014.