Safe Driving Tips from AAA

(WVLT) - The weather could cause dangerous driving conditions in some parts of the area.

Allison Hunt had some tips to help us get to where we need to go safely.

AAA says many people don't realize how dangerous driving on snow and ice can be and often drive the same way they do in dry weather.

Here are some tips they say you need to know when you head out in bad weather.

Know Your Car
New vehicles often feature traction and stability technology that helps prevents kids. Check the owners manual to know what that technology will do and won't do. Make sure your car has proper tire pressure and good tread.

Clear All Windows
Don't be lazy, clear all windows and mirrors of snow. This will help you see any patches of snow and ice, along with other vehicles on the road. Also be sure to put on your headlights, even in the daytime.

Charge Your Cell Phone - But Don't Use It
Be sure your cell phone is charged, but don't use it. When the weather is bad, all your attention needs to be on the road at all times, but you want to make sure your cell phone is available in case of an emergency.

Smooth Moves
Slow way down and leave plenty of following distance behind the next vehicle. You should leave six to eight seconds on slippery roads. You should also be sure to accelerate, brake and steer slowly and smoothly. Jerky motions increase the risk of skids.

Steady Breaking
In vehicles without anti-lock brakes, keep the pressure on unless the wheels lock up. Then, you should ease up just enough to regain traction. In cars with anti-lock brakes, keep pressing the pedal firmly and steadily, the anti-lock system will help with the rest.

What If I Skid?
Stay off the brakes and off the accelerator, and do not shift gears. Simply look and steer in the direction you want the car to go. When the skid is over, you'll be better able to move the car to a safe spot and calm down a bit before resuming your trip.

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