Experts remind drivers to be prepared during winter weather
JACKSON, Tenn. — Sleet, snow, and ice can be both frightening and dangerous to West Tennesseans taking to the roadways.
This is why experts remind drivers of several tips that can help keep them confident and safe when bracing the storm, and preparation starts before even leaving the driveway.
“Scrape all the way around. All those windows in your car are there for a reason. They’re for people to see in and you to see out,” Clements said.
“Pair of boots, gloves, a coat, blanket, flashlight; all of those things with you, even if you’re just going to be a short time,” Clements said.
He says make sure your car is winter ready. Keep your gas tank at least half full to avoid gas line freeze up.
Experts say, if you do run into an area that looks like it may be iced over, don’t panic.
“Take your foot off. Don’t just immediately slam on the brake. Take your foot off. Slow your car down a little bit and let it go across there without trying to do a lot of steering or braking,” Clements said.
They also say, be extra cautious around bridges and construction areas, make sure your lights are on, and always wear your seat belt.