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Winter Weather Driving Tips from Local Driving School

"It's easy to tell people, 'well don't go outside,' but with the holiday, people are going to travel on the road, so if you are going to travel, slow down. Give yourself a little bit more time to get where you're going," said Connolly.
SUMMIT POINT, W.Va. - We know the saying, "Over the river and through the woods..." But this Thanksgiving, to make it to Grandma's house safely, learning to drive in poor weather conditions will be key. And it is the season for slick roads, icy bridges and snow covered streets.

Wintery weather was even a factor in several recent accidents, including a deadly pileup on Interstate 81.

BSR Driving Instructor, Larry Connolly said getting to your destination safely is as simple as slowing down.

He offers a few other tips for winter weather driving, including driving during the warmest part of the day, giving yourself more space on the road, and extra room to break.

"It's easy to tell people, 'well don't go outside,' but with the holiday, people are going to travel on the road, so if you are going to travel, slow down. Give yourself a little bit more time to get where you're going," said Connolly.

He says when the weather gets iffy, the first thing we lose is traction control which can lead to skidding.

"There are two primary types of skids. A front tire skid or a rear tire skid," said Connolly. "A front tire skid usually happens coming into a turn, maybe turning with a little too much speed, or a little bit too hard on the break peddle. The problem is when we feel that loss of steering, untrained drivers usually panic and they steer more and they compound the problem."

So how do you correct a front tire skid?

Connolly said, "If I'm coming into a turn and I'm not getting the car to do what I want it to do, ease off the peddles, get your eyes looking where you want the car to go, and give back a little bit with your hand. Take a little bit of steering out.

He goes on to talk about rear tire skids, "A rear skid usually happens when you're coming out of a turn, we have a little input in the steering wheel, and we're a little bit too bold on the gas peddle. And next thing you know, the rear tire starts to skid out on us."

"Again, and the most important thing is get your eyes looking for the good path you want to take, and not the danger. And then you want to counter-steer. You want to turn into the direction of the skid," Connolly said.

And the worst thing to do?

"Speeding, obviously. You have to slow down.  If you do have a loss of traction and you end up in a skid, the worst thing you can do is panic," he said.

So if you're planning on doing any holiday traveling, or if you have to venture out in not-so-ideal weather, remembering the little things, like checking tire pressure before you even get on the road can help keep you safe.

Experts also say proper maintenance of your car can make a big difference when staying safe during the winter months.
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