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WINTER STORM 2014

GA. Motorists Urged to Prepare Ahead of Winter Storm

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Georgia's highway safety director is asking motorists across the mid-section of the state to prepare their vehicles ahead of Tuesday's winter storm.

"The Savannah area does not have as much snow and ice as the northern part of our state," said Harris Blackwood. "We are asking motorists to use Monday to take a walk around their car and make sure that tires are in good shape, lights are working and that windshield wipers are in good condition should the winter weather arrive as predicted."   

The National Weather Service has issued winter storm warnings for sections of the state that typically don't see much snow and ice.  

Drivers in the mid-to southern portions of the state are urged to use caution if the predicted ice and snowy conditions arise, and make sure vehicles are well-maintained and well-equipped to handle winter weather conditions.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration offers these tips for winter driving:  

· Check the weather, road conditions, and traffic before you leave. Plan to leave early if necessary.

· Keep emergency items stocked (ice scrapers, flares, blankets, flashlights, jumper cables)

· Check all fluids, tire tread, lights, etc.

· Drive slowly. It's harder to control or stop your vehicle on a slick or snow-covered surface. On the road, increase your following distance enough so that you'll have plenty of time to stop for vehicles ahead of you.

· Know what kind of brakes your vehicle has and how to use them properly. In general, if you have antilock brakes, apply firm, continuous pressure. If you don't have antilock brakes, pump the brakes gently.

· If you find yourself in a skid, stay calm and ease your foot off the gas while carefully steering in the direction you want the front of your vehicle to go. This steering maneuver may require additional counter-steering before you can regain full control of the vehicle. Continue to stay off the pedals (gas and brake) until you are able to regain control of your vehicle.


For more winter driving tips, visit: www.safercar.gov/WinterDrivingTips.

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