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Icy roads threat as temperatures drop to record lows

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With the temperature dropping drastically and the threat of ice on the roadways with the rain rolling in before we hit the single digits here in the Heart of Dixie, here are some tips for driving in the snow and ice.

For one, if there is any bad weather, the easiest tip is to avoid making a trip in the first place. Needless to say, staying at home prevents any danger you may encounter on the roadways, but that is not going to be the best option for everyone. If you do have to leave, make sure to give yourself ample time to get to your destination.

You may encounter ice roads, especially at bridges and overpasses. You should decrease your speed and leave yourself ample room to come to a stop. It is recommended to leave three times the amount of space than you normally would between yourself and the car in front.

Avoid going into a skid by breaking gently. Ease off of the brake if wheels begin to lock up. Low gears will keep better traction, especially on hills. You should also not use your cruise control or overdrive.

If your car is rear wheel drive, take your foot off the accelerator, steer into the direction you want the front wheels. When skidding left, steer left. If skidding right, skid right. If you rear wheels begin to skid the opposite way while recovering, ease the steering wheel toward that direction. Do not pump the brakes if your car is equipped with anti-lock brakes, keep steady pressure.

If your front wheel drive vehicle goes into a skid, put the car in neutral, and take your foot off the accelerator, as the wheels skid sideways, the vehicle will slow and traction should return. Put the car back into gear and accelerate slowly.

Do not be in any rush, and use extreme caution if you go out on icy roads.

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