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Drivers proceed with caution on roadways in wintry weather conditions

Drivers need to be cautious on roadways in wintry weather conditions
Drivers need to be cautious on roadways in wintry weather conditions
Posted at 8:21 PM, Jan 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-02 15:38:37-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Snow, sleet, and freezing rain make it difficult for your car to run smoothly. 

Slippery roadways can quickly become dangerous for drivers.

WTXL ABC 27's Valerie Mills joins shares some safety tips, if you have to be out on the roads.

Just like during typical rainstorms, the most important rule for driving in slick road conditions is to reduce your speed and keep plently of space between you and the car in front.

According to Triple A's winter driving tips, you should not use cruise control on any slippery surface.

When driving too fast, the vehcile may start to fishtail or slide.

If this happens, turn your wheels in the direction that the rear of the car is sliding.

Be careful not to steer too far because the car will overcorrect itself and begin to slide in the other direction.

Know your car and test the brakes before driving.

When the roads are slippery, taking your foot off of the brake before turning allows for better traction.

Road salt, sand, or cat liter can provide additional traction also.

Not being out on the roads is the best case scenario during inclement weather, but sometimes it's unavoidable.

So use caution, drive slow, and know what to do if you lose control of your car.