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AAA: How To Drive Safely In Winter Weather

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Richmond, VA—As winter weather moves across central Virginia, AAA shares safe driving tips may help drivers avoid accidents on slick roadways.

The biggest thing for drivers to remember is to ease off the gas during wintry weather.

"Buckle up and slow down," said AAA Spokesperson Windy VanCuren

It is also important to make sure your view is unobstructed, and that your ride gets off to a good start.

"Buckle up and then you just want to ease out…make sure your lights are on, make sure your windows are clear," Windy advises.

What should drivers do if their car begins to skid on black ice or rain-washed roads?

"If you start to slide and you want your car to go to the right, you want to steer your wheel toward the right," said Windy.  "Basically, where you want the front of the car to go is what you want to do. As soon as you start skidding, you want to take your foot off the gas and brake. Ease it off slowly so you aren't putting pressure, and just stay alert, to not to panic."

In worst case scenarios, Windy says it's best to stay calm.

"Take a deep breath and try to control your momentum…control the way you are going to react."

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