Driving on thin Ice
Friday, 30 December 2011 11:57
The driver lost control whilst coming down Echoland Street and instead of turning at the T-intersection at the bottom crashed through and toppled into the a vegetable farm. We are not sure at this time if anyone was hurt in the accident. The stretches of road can be surprising treacherous in cold weather.
Here are 10 tips if you are driving in Hakuba this winter.
Driving safely on icy roads
1. Decrease your speed and leave yourself plenty of room to stop. You should allow at least three times more space than usual between you and the car in front of you.
2. Brake gently to avoid skidding. If your wheels start to lock up, ease off the brake.
3. Turn on your lights to increase your visibility to other motorists.
4. Keep your lights and windshield clean.
5. Use low gears to keep traction, especially on hills.
6. Don't use cruise control or overdrive on icy roads.
7. Be especially careful on bridges, overpasses and infrequently traveled roads, which will freeze first. Even at temperatures above freezing, if the conditions are wet, you might encounter ice in shady areas or on exposed roadways like bridges.
8. Don't pass snow plows and sanding trucks. The drivers have limited visibility, and you're likely to find the road in front of them worse than the road behind.
9. Don't assume your vehicle can handle all conditions. Even four-wheel and front-wheel drive vehicles can encounter trouble on winter roads.
10. Use the free shuttle buses in the day and the Genki-go in the evening.