Winter Driving Tips

Winter Driving Tips

Here's what you need to know to stay accident-free on Wednesday
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Before this storm comes we thought it would be a good idea to revisit some driving tips.

The attached video shows a fatal crash in Canada recorded from a police car's dash cam. 

Fayette County Driver Education Program Director Larry Roberts uses it to teach people. 

The driver in the video skids on the snow, and over-corrects.

"He hits the truck and that knocks him over into this truck and he gets killed instantly," said Roberts.

If you don't want to crash, Roberts says slow down.

"People think that they can go faster on ice for some reason.  Instead of triply slow, they go fast, and that's why they have rear-enders," said Roberts. 

When the roads are wet and icy a lot of people get rear-ended.  So, in conditions like that, defensive driving is important.  One of your best tools is the rear view mirror, so you can what's coming and then avoid it.

"If you're on New Circle Road, three car lengths is ridiculous, you know, you can't do that.  But in snow, you can, and nobody will argue with that.  You're not going to have any people honking and raising Cain about it," said Roberts.

Here are some other tips from Roberts: 
1) If you start to skid, do not slam on the brakes. 
2) Keep in mind, it takes longer to stop on an icy road
3) And one more time, slow down! 

"That's the key to this thing.  We're not in a race, it's the time to slow down.  You can be late for work, " said Roberts.

Roberts says if you get into a crash, then you will definitely be late for work.  So, he says you might as well keep a safe following distance, and arrive safely. 
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