Transportation officials giving advice, preparing roads ahead of expected snow

Transportation officials are preparing for the expected snow
Posted at 6:05 AM, Feb 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-20 14:15:07-05

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. - Drivers are being warned that the winter storm could bring problematic road conditions.

AAA says that driving in a winter mix of rain, sleet or snow can be deadly for drivers. So they’re reminding people out on the roads of the basic safety tips when it comes to driving in these wintry conditions.

Experts say to buckle up no matter the weather. They also say to recover from a skid without panicking. If you start to skid on the road, stay off the brakes and accelerator and don’t shift gears. Simply look and steer in the direction you want the car to go.

They also warn to see and be seen. Clear all windows and outside mirrors completely, turn headlights to low beam, even in daylight, and search for hazards farther down the road.

News 3 met up with leaders with AAA who say it's been a while since many of us have seen snow, let alone remember how to drive in it.

"There will probably be more crashes, especially in this area, because we’re not used to seeing the winter weather on the roads. It’s been such a mild winter, but if we get snow, it’ll be the first time a lot of us have seen it in a year. It’s important to take your time, leave early and be prepared for that."

Experts also say it’s a pretty good idea to have a winter weather driving kit that should include a blanket, ice scraper, a flashlight and jumper cables.

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