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Southern Ute Community Action Programs (SUCAP)
Section 4 – Slippery Streets and Bridges (due to loose gravel, dirt or icy conditions)
- REDUCE SPEED to gain better control of the vehicle. Safety must come ahead of schedules.
- WHEN STARTING UP, depress the accelerator pedal lightly. If rear wheels begin the slightest spin or side-slip, release the pedal immediately and repeat the procedure until the vehicle moves without spin or side-slip.
- WHEN APPLYING BRAKES, begin much sooner than you would on a dry street. Depress the brake pedal lightly. If rear wheels begin the slightest slide or side-slip, release the pedal immediately to allow wheels to roll and downshift if necessary. Repeat the procedure until the wheels no longer slide or side slip.
- INCREASE FOLLOWING DISTANCE between yourself and other vehicles, parked cars and fixed objects to provide a safety factor in case of side-slipping. However, do not allow so much clearance that another vehicle could get between the bus and a fixed object or parked car.
- INCREASE FOLLOWING DISTANCE to allow the additional space for braking. The more slippery the pavement, the greater the following distance required.
- AVOID QUICK OR ABRUPT TURNING MOVEMENTS. Steer more slowly and gradually reduce the possibility of skids.
- PROTECT YOUR PASSENGERS. Make warning announcements to boarding and alighting passengers.
- Avoid any actions to hurry passengers since injuries could result. Keep your vehicle steps clean and remember a simple “watch your step” may save a passenger from injury.