CHARLOTTE, NC (Press Release) — As winter storms roll across the country, it looks like parts of the Carolinas could also see snow or a wintry mix this coming weekend. AAA is urging motorists to be prepared and exercise caution, as severe weather can be both scary and dangerous for commuters.

“With the threat of snow and wintry mixes, we want to remind everyone to stay safe and be diligent behind the wheel,” said Tiffany Wright, spokeswoman for AAA – The Auto Club Group in the Carolinas. “Rain, snow and sleet can limit your visibility, make it difficult to maneuver safely or even stall your vehicle if necessary.”

A winter weather advisory for snow means periods of snow will cause travel difficulties. It is important to be prepared for slippery roads and limited visibility and to be careful when driving. Also, make sure your car is winterized, and if you face snow or ice, AAA recommends the following driving tips:

  • Stay at home. If you really don’t need to go out, don’t. Even if you are good at driving in bad weather, you should avoid unnecessary risks by getting out on the trail.
  • Drive slowly. Always adjust your speed to account for less traction when driving on snow or ice.
  • Accelerate and brake slowly. Accelerate slowly to maintain traction and avoid skidding. Don’t take off in a hurry and take your time to slow down at traffic lights. Remember – it takes longer to slow down on icy roads.
  • Increase your following distance. Allow five to six seconds between your vehicle and the one in front of you. This extra space gives you time to stop safely if the other driver brakes suddenly.
  • know your brakes Whether or not you have anti-lock brakes, keep the heel of your foot on the ground and use the ball of your foot to gently and firmly press down on the brake pedal. Don’t pump the brakes!
  • Don’t quit if you can avoid it. There’s a big difference in the amount of energy it takes to move from a point versus how much energy it takes to move while it’s still rolling. If you can slow down enough to keep rolling until a traffic light changes, do it.
  • Don’t drive up hills. If you apply extra gas on snow-covered roads, your wheels may spin. Try to get a little momentum before you hit the hill and let that carry you up.
  • Don’t stop when going up a hill. There is nothing worse than driving up a hill on an icy road. Get some momentum on a flat road before heading up the hill.

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