Staying safe while driving on the ice

12:14 AM, Feb 12, 2014   |    comments
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(WXIA) - As the ice storm approaches, state officials are warning everyone to stay off of the roads.

However, if you need to get out, there are ways to navigate the ice, but only with extreme caution.

When it comes to ice, it doesn't matter whether you're from the north or the south - you can't handle it.

Riverstone Parkway in Canton is pretty desolate right now, and that's good news - everyone is staying off of the roads. If you do have to go out, there are some hints you can keep in mind to stay safe while you're navigating on the ice.

First - keep about three times the space you would normally keep between yourself and the car in front of you. Next, don't use cruise control. Put the car in a lower gear for traction - especially on hills. Don't make any sudden moves. And, if you have to brake, touch the brake pedal lightly - don't slam it on hard.

If you find yourself starting to skid, take your foot off of the accelerator. If your back end is sliding to the right, turn your wheel to the right - turn into the skid. If you're sliding to the left, turn to the left - into the skid.

If your car gets stuck on the ice, don't spin your wheels - that'll only dig you in deeper. Just touch the gas pedal lightly and start out very slowly.

Even if you do all of those things, there is no guarantee that you will stay safe. So the best advice is to stay off of the roads entirely.

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