AAA guidelines for driving in the snow

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- If you're going to brave the roads, make sure your car is up for the challenge.

American Automobile Association was extra busy Wednesday. Their call volume was up 69%. They've been towing cars out of ditches and jump starting dead batteries, but there has also been a lot of skidding.

If your car starts to skid, avoid hard-braking and hard-steering.

"By definition, the car is out of control at that point, so the best thing you can do is keep the situation from getting worst by staying off the brake and off the gas," said Don Lindsey, Director of Tennessee Public Affairs at AAA. "Look and steer where you want the car to go."

It's important to prepare your car before your trek into the snow.

Your tires are important, especially on a snowy day. They are holding you on the road. There's a myth if you deflate your tires, you have more traction. AAA told Local 8 News that is not true. In fact, it's important to check your tires to make sure they are fully inflated.

Also, don't forget to keep you gas tank from getting below half full.

"Moisture can form between the gas and the top of tank and if that moisture freezes, it can get into the line and cause a gas line freeze up and stall your engine," said Don Lindsey, Director of Tennessee Public Affairs at AAA.

While driving in the snow, AAA passed down some words of wisdom.

Lindsey said it's all about visibility. Turn those headlights on. That way you can be seen.

Going up a hill can be a little tricky. Try to hit the hill with a little bit of speed, so you have the momentum to get up it.

Don't brake too suddenly. You won't be able to control what direction you're going.

AAA told Local 8 News to leave about six to eight seconds between you and the car in front of you.

"That way you've got time to be human, first of all, and recognize something is going on and to break much, much more gently, so that way you don't get into a skid," said Lindsey.