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How to Prepare for Driving During Winter Storm

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RICHMOND (WRIC) - As a possible winter storm makes its way into the area over the weekend, the real problem for our area this weekend will be the roadways.

8News reporter Mark Tenia rode along with AAA to get a closer look at how to stay safe if in a slick spot.

"Nobody and no vehicle is immune to sliding around on the ice," says spokesperson Martha Meade. "We see these multi-car accidents because you just often cannot stop."

Meade says your best bet is to stay home but if you do go out, leave extra room around you at all times.

"The biggest cushion that you can find so that if you do slip and slide, you can avoid hitting other things."

While you may hit an icy patch and start to lose control of the car, Meade says slamming on the brakes could put the car into a complete tailspin.

"If you find yourself going into a skid, of course you want to turn the car in the direction that you want it to go."

Meade says overpasses and bridges will freeze first and to stick to major roads, and avoid steep hills.

She says even if you don't drive, make sure your car isn't parked on a steep hill because they've seen plenty of accidents happen that way.

"They will actually slide into one another as the ice and moisture get under the tires. It's certainly important to think about that when a storm like this is approaching."


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