AAA offers Tennesseans tips for driving in severe weather

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT/WTVF) -- Ahead of Hurricane Florence, AAA is giving Tennesseans do's and don'ts for driving in severe weather.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 1.2 million traffic crashes occur each year on we pavement with more than a half million injuries and 5,700 deaths, WTVF reported.

"It's important to remember that driving in rain or on roads with standing water requires drivers to change their driving style," Stephanie Milani, Tennessee Public Affairs Director, AAA said. "Drivers should decrease their speed, increase following distance and, in order to be more visible to other drivers, always use headlights in the rain."

Do:

- Prepare a vehicle emergency kit: flashlight and extra batteries, an umbrella or poncho, flares or warning triangles, cell phone charger, non-perishable food and drinking water, a first aid kit and basic tool kit

- Slow down and leave plenty of room between you and other cars

- Increase following distance

- Use headlights

- Check tires

Don't:

- Use cruise control

- Don't use flashers, unless stopped

- Do not remain in car if it starts to stall

- Don't try to restart car if it shuts down in water