While Tennessee is part of the south and typically does not see harsh winter weather, there is still always a chance for the occasional snow or ice storm. On a day when bad weather comes unexpectedly, you may have no choice but to normally carry on with your day. In this case, you need to make sure that you know how to drive on slippery roads.
Not having ice and snow often means that your driving skills in these conditions are not the best. Unfortunately, slippery road conditions are a huge risk and often lead to accidents when drivers do not know how to handle the conditions. To keep yourself safe, you should brush up on your winter driving skills.
According to Popular Mechanics, there are some important things to keep in mind when you drive on roads covered in ice, snow or slush that can help you to avoid slipping and sliding. To begin with, you need to make sure that you completely focus on driving. You want to look ahead and watch for spots that appear icy or slick.
You also need to familiarize yourself with the automatic controls on your vehicle. If you have a newer car, you may have anti-skid technology or correction tools. You need to know how these work so that you are not working against them as they try to help you through the bad conditions.
It is also important to know how to use your gas and break. You cannot drive as you normally would. On slick roads, the rule is to only press the gas or brake when going straight. If you are in a turn, stay off both. Obviously, if you are at a stop and need to turn, you will have to use the gas, but do so lightly and slowly.
Lastly, know what to do if you find yourself sliding. Your instinct will be to jerk the wheel and slam the brakes. Do not do either. When in a slide, stay calm, and keep off the brake and gas. Also, do not move the steering wheel. Wait until you feel your tires catch traction. Once they do, you can then position your tires in the direction that you want to go.