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8 Tips to Drive Safely in the Snow

January 28, 2014
An orange truck clears the icy road.

 

The excitement of the season’s first snowfall can quickly turn to anxiety once you have to brave the roads. Snow and ice can cause a lot of problems for drivers, but the Georgia Department of Transportation provides a few safety tips for your winter weather driving experience.

  1. Stay off the roads. If you don’t have to go anywhere, don’t risk it.

  2. Slow down. Drive at half your normal speed and use a low gear.

  3. Tap the brakes. This will help you avoid uncontrollable spins.

  4. Beware of black ice. This can pop up especially on bridges and overpasses.

  5. Watch for fallen trees and power lines. Stay alert to potential hazards blocking the road.

  6. Stay back at least 100 feet from DOT trucks. The trucks and crews will be spreading salt/stone mixtures to get rid of the ice.

  7. Do not pass DOT trucks. They will be working to clear the ice off the road. If you pass them, you will be heading into dangerous territory.

  8. Watch out for inexperienced and overly confident drivers. They can be as much of a hazard as the ice itself.


For more information, visit the DOT Winter Weather website. Stay safe!

 

About the Author

A Georgia native, Rachael Wheeler works as a Web Support Specialist for GeorgiaGov. She writes about a variety of current topics relevant to the Georgia government.