VIRGINIA BEACH, VA (February 09, 2015) – With the potential for icy and slick roads in the forecast, AAA Tidewater reminds motorists that driving in icy conditions can be challenging. “Over-confidence on icy roads can be both dangerous and deadly,” said Georjeane Blumling, Vice President of Public Relations for AAA Tidewater. “Ice is slippery no matter how good your tires are and even with four-wheel-drive. The key to safety is to adapt to conditions.” If drivers remember their ABC’s on icy roads the drive can be much safer.
- Allow more time. Leave earlier than normal on morning when icy conditions are possible.
- Brake slowly. Jerky motions increase the risk of skidding. Begin to slow earlier and avoid locking up the brakes. If you start to skid, stay off the brakes and accelerator and don’t shift gears. Simply look and steer in the direction you want the car to go. Never accelerate during a spin. It will only make matters worse.
- Consider more space. The average following distance you need between you and the car in front in GOOD conditions is 3 to 4 seconds. On slick and icy roads at least 6 to 8 seconds of following distance is recommended. That way you can either stop or move to another lane easier if the car in front begins to slide.
Driving on slick or icy roads doesn’t have to be un-nerving; by following the basics to managing the space around the vehicle, winter weather driving can be made safer. AAA also urges motorists to have a winter weather kit in their car. These winter weather driving kits should include: a blanket, ice scraper, flares/reflective triangles, flashlight with extra batteries, jumper cables, bag of abrasive material such as cat litter, shovel, cloth/paper towels, and a cell phone with a full charge.
As part of North America’s largest motoring and leisure travel organization, AAA Tidewater Virginia provides its more than 325,000 members with travel, insurance, financial and automotive-related services. Since its founding AAA Tidewater Virginia has been a leader and advocate for the safety and security of all travelers. For more information, visit AAA.com and follow us on Twitter at Twitter.com/AAATidewaterVA or on Facebook at facebook.com/AAATidewaterVirginia