Staying Safe on Slick Streets


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STAUNTON, Va. (WHSV) -- These are conditions that are certainly not fun to drive in.

However, if you're still planning to hit the road, here's a piece of advice for staying safe on slick roads this winter.

"Don't take chances. You're anxious to get somewhere, you get bored sitting at home, but sometimes sitting at home may keep you from sitting in the hospital." said Robert Wright, who has been a driving instructor for more than 40 years.

If you're one of the 1.2 million Virginians AAA expects to travel for Thanksgiving, you'll likely see some slick roads.

"Wet surfaces are still potentially troublesome. Especially when you have the kind of traffic we're having for this Thanksgiving weekend," said Ken Slack, with VDOT.

On slick roads, Wright said try to keep your movements and braking as smooth as possible.

But if you start to skid, "with front-wheel drive, just aim it to where you want it go. Back-wheel drive, be ready to turn it a little bit toward the spin-out. If you spin right, turn right. If your back end goes right, turn right. Hopefully that'll straighten you up like a tadpole," said Wright.

When it comes to being around those tractor-trailers, "they throw up an awful lot of water on you, an awful lot of slush on you, they create a lot of wind tunnels on you... So it's best to stay to the right when when you noticing them passing you, or if you're behind them stay behind further so all the water doesn't affect you or cause you to hydroplane," said Wright.

Wright also said it's also very important to be patient, give yourself plenty of time to get where you're going.

VDOT said it's always a good idea to know before you go, so check the conditions of the roads you'll drive on before you even leave your driveway.


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