As the Tennessee Valley prepares for winter weather, the Tennessee Department of Transportation provides these winter safe driving tips:
Reduce Your Speed
- When it snows, use your head not your feet. Slow down for wet, snowy, or icy conditions; when visibility is poor; or when conditions are changing or unpredictable; no matter what type of vehicle you drive. Even an SUV with four-wheel drive may not be able to stop any faster, or maintain control any better, once you lose traction.
Slow down when approaching intersections, off-ramps, bridges or shady spots. These are all candidates for developing black ice—a thin coating of clear ice that can form on the pavement surface that may be difficult to see.
Avoid excessive actions while steering, braking or accelerating to lessen the chances of losing control of the vehicle.
Space out! Leave plenty of room between your vehicle and others. It takes more time and distance to stop your vehicle in adverse weather conditions, so use your brakes carefully. Brake early, brake slowly, brake correctly, and never slam on the brakes.
No Cruising! Avoid using cruise control in winter driving conditions. You need to be in control of your speed based on road conditions — don’t let the cruise control make a bad decision for you.
Remember: Winter conditions call for different driving tactics. Ice and snow, take it slow—slower speed, slower acceleration, slower steering, and slower braking.
Article by Derrall Stalvey, of WRCB TV. Full article available at: http://www.wrcbtv.com/story/24068477/winter-weather-driving-tips