Georgia urges caution, offers tips for winter weather driving

Georgia urges caution, offers tips for winter weather driving

February 16th, 2015 by Staff Report in Local Regional News

ATLANTA -- With predictions of possible ice hitting Georgia roads, the Governor's Office of Highway Safety is urging motorists to keep the following tips in mind for driving in winter weather:

Before you leave:

* Make sure all windows, mirrors, backup cameras and front sensors are clear of ice, snow or frost. Do not use the "peek through a hole" driving method.
* While snowsuits and other thick, insulated winter wear will keep your children warm, they may impede the function of child passenger safety seats. Secure your child in the seat and cover them with blankets instead.
* If you drive an electric or hybrid car, plug it in and use your thermal heating system, if equipped. Warm the passenger compartment while plugged in.
* Walk around your car and make sure all tires are inflated and have adequate tread.
* Pack bottled water and snacks in case you become stranded. Be sure to have an emergency roadside kit that include a flashlight and other safety equipment.
* Open your hood and check your fluids, particularly engine oil, coolant and windshield washer fluid. If any are needed, make sure they are winter weather safe. Make sure your car has adequate fuel.

While on the road:

* Drive with your lights on in icy conditions. Some cars will blend into their environment.
    Don't text while driving.
* Make sure all vehicle occupants are wearing a properly buckled seatbelt.
* If you are traveling alone or a significant distance, let a friend know when you plan to leave, when you expect to arrive and the route you are taking.
* If you begin to skid, turn the steering wheel into the direction of the skid.
* On ice, a 4-wheel drive vehicle does not increase safety. It simply provides an additional two wheels that can spin.
* Drive slowly and keep plenty of distance between your car and the car ahead of you.

For more information on driving safety, visit www.gahighwaysafety.org.


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