AAA offers driving tips ahead of possible inclement weather

Image: AAA Carolinas

Image: AAA Carolinas

Columbia, SC (WOLO)—  As temperatures remain below average for this time of year throughout the Midlands, along with the additional possibility of some form of wintry weather Thursday, AAA is offering some tips on how to drive safely if inclement weather becomes a factor for us.

AAA Carolinas says it’s always important for motorists to be prepared for severe weather which is not something we are not typically use to and according to AAA leads to more than 2 thousand deaths every year.

AAA says, “With the threat of severe winter weather throughout the Carolinas, we want to remind everyone to practice safety and be diligent behind the wheel,” said Tiffany Wright, AAA Carolinas spokesperson. “Rain, snow and sleet can reduce your visibility, making it difficult to safely maneuver or even bring the car to a stop if necessary.”Make sure your car is winterized and when faced with snowy or icy conditions.”

If road conditions become tricky to navigate and you have to go out, AAA Carolinas  offers the following tips before getting behind the wheel.

  • Stay home. If you really don’t have to go out, don’t. Even if you can drive well in bad weather, it is better to avoid taking unnecessary risks by venturing out.
  • Drive slowly. Always adjust your speed to account for less traction when driving on snow or ice.
  • Accelerate and decelerate slowly. Apply the gas slowly to retain traction and avoid skids. Don’t take off in a hurry and take time to slow down for stoplights. Remember – it takes longer to slow down on icy roads.
  • Increase your following distance. Allow five to six seconds of following distance between your vehicle and the one in front of you. This extra space will allow you time to stop safely if the other driver suddenly brakes.
  • Know your brakes. Whether you have antilock brakes or not, keep the heel of your foot on the floor and use the ball of your foot to smoothly apply firm, steady pressure on the brake pedal. Do not pump the brakes!
  • Don’t stop if you can avoid it. There’s a big difference in the amount of energy it takes to start moving from a full stop versus how much it takes to get moving while still rolling. If you can slow down enough to keep rolling until a traffic light changes, do it.
  • Don’t power up hills. Applying extra gas on snow-covered roads may cause your wheels to spin. Try to get a little momentum before you reach the hill and let that carry you to the top.
  • Don’t stop while going up a hill. There’s nothing worse than trying to get moving up a hill on an icy road. Get some momentum going on a flat roadway before making your way up the hill.  
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