Multiple automobile accidents occurred throughout Georgia today due to the snowy weather. As of late tonight the roads are still dangerous, so until the sun melts the snow off the roads it is best to avoid driving if at all possible. If you do need to drive, consider the following top ten tips for dealing with icy roads:
1. Decrease your speed significantly and allow three to six car lengths between you and the car in front of you to stop.
2. Brake gently to avoid skidding.
3. Keep your headlights on.
4. Use low drive for traction and do not use cruise control.
5. Be especially careful on bridges, overpasses, and roads that are not well traveled which generally freeze first.
6. Watch out for patches of black ice.
7. If you do start to skid, gently lift your foot off the gas pedal and slowly steer in the direction you want your car to go.
8. Wear your seatbelt and don’t text or talk on your cell phone while driving. (Good advice regardless of the weather.)
9. Stay away from deadly tractor trailer trucks. Keep out of their lane and the lanes next to them at all times. (Again, good advice regardless.)
10. If you do get in an accident: call the police to get an accident report. Take photos with your cell phone of the damaged vehicles, tire skid marks, etc. Exchange information with other drivers. Don’t admit fault or give a statement to the insurance adjuster who represents the driver who hit you. They are not your friend although they may pretend to be. Their only mission is to settle your claim for the lowest amount of money possible.
Drive careful Georgia! Your loved ones want you home safe.