AAA driving tips for icy road conditions

Photo by WAVY/LaVoy Harrell

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – The sleet and snowy weather made for difficult conditions in Hampton Roads Monday afternoon.

“I think the problem is people tend to look at the roads and think it’s wet when it’s actually ice,” said Georjeane Blumling, Vice President of Public Relations for AAA Tidewater Virginia. “The problem with that is they get going too fast and they start slipping and sliding.”

AAA says the best thing to do if you lose control of your car is to remain calm, and turn in the direction you want your car to go.

“If you start to slide turn the vehicle and face the direction you are trying to get the vehicle to go,” said Blumling. “Take your foot off the accelerator and the brake so the car slows down enough so you can start to get some traction.’

Tuesday’s morning commute is expected to be icy and dangerous, so AAA gave 10 On Your Side these tips for drivers:

“Don’t  make any jack rabbit starts or stops,” said Blumling. “Slowly accelerate and slowly decelerate that will keep your tires from losing control and sliding on the road.”

AAA also recommends giving yourself plenty of time to get ice off your windshields and lights. Blumling says drivers can also do a little preparation in the evening for the morning commute.

“Something as simple as taking your windshield wipers and lifting them up instead of leaving them on your windshield that will keep them from freezing to the windshield,” said Blumling.

This will also prevent you from damaging your wiper blades as when you try to scrap ice off the windows.

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