Decatur gets about 13 inches of snow in an average winter. Even small amounts of ice and snow on the roads can create hazardous driving conditions.
These tips can help you stay safe.
3 winter driving tips
If you can not stay home when driving conditions are hazardous, take steps to reduce your chances of an accident.
1. Avoid jerky movements
Suddenly jerking the steering wheel or hard braking and accelerating can cause tires to lose traction with the road. Keep movements smooth and steady.
2. Pay attention to your instrument panel
Many cars come equipped with a stability-control system. These cars usually have an indicator on the instrument panel that looks like a car with wavy lines behind it. If this signal is flashing, it means your tires are slipping. Slow down until your tires gain traction.
3. Know what to do if your car skids
If your front wheels are skidding, ease off the accelerator. This should allow your tires to regain traction. If your rear wheels are skidding, ease off the accelerator and turn your steering wheel in the direction the rear of the car is sliding. Once you have traction, steer in the direction you want to go.
What to do if you have an accident
Call an ambulance if anyone has an injury. Make sure your car is visible and move it off the road if possible. Contact the police and stay warm while you wait.
Winter driving can lead to accidents. However, practicing safe driving can reduce your risk.