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Motorists urged to take precautions ahead of winter storm

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Georgia's highway safety director is urging drivers across the mid-section of the state to take time to prepare their cars for the predicted winter weather due to hit Tuesday.

Harris Blackwood says motorists should use Monday to take a look around their cars and make sure tires are in good shape, lights are working and that windshield wipers are in good condition. Often auto parts stores will assist in replacement of bulbs or wiper blades without additional charge.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration offers these tips for winter driving:

  • Check the weather, road conditions, and traffic before you leave. Plan to leave early if necessary.
  • Keep emergency items stocked (ice scrapers, flares, blankets, flashlights, jumper cables)
  • Check all fluids, tire tread, lights, etc.
  • Drive slowly. It’s harder to control or stop your vehicle on a slick or snow-covered surface. On the road, increase your following distance enough so that you’ll have plenty of time to stop for vehicles ahead of you.
  • Know what kind of brakes your vehicle has and how to use them properly. In general, if you have anti lock brakes, apply firm, continuous pressure. If you don’t have anti lock brakes, pump the brakes gently.
  • If you find yourself in a skid, stay calm and ease your foot off the gas while carefully steering in the direction you want the front of your vehicle to go. This steering maneuver may require additional counter-steering before you can regain full control of the vehicle. Continue to stay off the pedals (gas and brake) until you are able to regain control of your vehicle.


Teresa Whitaker

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