The South rarely experiences significant snowfall and when it does most schools, government offices and employers close to keep more people off the road. Melting snow mixed with overnight freezing temperatures can lead to icy roads which are extremely dangerous. If you can't stay off the road here are a few ways to drive safer in inclement weather.
1. During the winter months keep at least half a tank of gas in your car at all times. You don't want to get stranded in snowy or icy conditions.
2. Once temperatures dip you may see your "Low Tire Pressure" light come on. Don't ignore this! It's important to keep your tires properly inflated for safe driving.
3. If you warm up your vehicle before you begin driving - never do this in an enclosed space such as a garage. This can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning.
4. When driving give yourself plenty of time to accelerate and then come to a stop. Slowly accelerating and decelerating will make it less likely that your car will skid.
5. If you do find yourself skidding - don't panic. Take your foot off the gas and don't slam on the brake. Steer your car in the direction that you want to go.
6. Do not use cruise control when driving in winter weather and avoid using the parking break when possible.
7. If you do get stranded, stay with your car which will provide some shelter. Signal for help by tying a brightly colored material to your antenna or hang outside your window.
8. When packing for a winter road trip be sure to include blankets, bottled water, flash light, first aid kit, ice scraper and snacks.