With sleet, black ice, snow, freezing rain or cold temperatures in the forecast, driving in winter conditions is fraught with inherent danger.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind when driving in the snow and on icy roads:
Slow down. The posted speed limit is for driving on dry pavement. Stopping on any slick surface takes a longer distance. It's physics. Keep three seconds or more between you and the vehicle in front of you.
Be gentle. Pretend there is an egg between your foot and the accelerator. This is the best way to maintain traction and avoid skids. Apply brakes gentler and allow yourself more time to stop.
Skid control. If your rear wheels skid, simply steer where you want to go. If the front wheels skid, steer straight until you regain control. Take your foot off the gas in both cases.
Be prepared. Winterize your safety kit and make sure you have it in the trunk of your car. The kit should include a flashlight, first-aid kit, water, blanket, wool cap, gloves, ice scraper, and cat litter or sand to give you some traction in snow or ice. Also include snacks in case you get stranded for an extended period of time.
Support real journalism. Support local journalism. Subscribe to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution today. See offers.
Your subscription to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution funds in-depth reporting and investigations that keep you informed. Thank you for supporting real journalism.