From Staff Reports

Winter driving can be challenging to any motorist, but slippery roads can be especially difficult for novice drivers dealing with ice and snow for the first time, according to AAA Southern New England.

“Parents need to work with their teens to help them gain the experience they need for safe winter driving in the safest possible environment,” said John Paul, AAA Manager of Traffic Safety and Public Affairs.

AAA offers the following tips to help parents teach their teens to drive in winter conditions:

● Under close supervision, let your teen practice slow speed maneuvers on a wide open snow- or ice-covered parking lot. Have him or her practice hard braking and steering in skidding conditions.

● A novice driver’s first on-the-road experience with winter-weather driving should not occur during a major snow storm. Wait until conditions are less severe.

● Consider limiting your teen’s driving on slippery conditions to daylight hours until they have gained experience.

● Remind your teen that driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is dangerous under any conditions, and that the risk is even greater on slippery roads.

● Make sure the vehicle your teen is driving is equipped with essential emergency equipment, including a flashlight, blankets, jumper cables, sand or non-clumping cat litter and a small shovel or ice scraper.