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Winter storm driving tips
BEAUMONT- by Haley Bull
You're driving and suddenly you find your vehicle sliding out of control. Would you know what to do?
It's not often Southeast Texas has the chance for a wintry mix of weather. That's why officers said thinking about how to handle an icy roadway now could be helpful tomorrow. The most important tip is to stay at home, but if you have to drive, know what to expect.
"If I should I should find myself in that kind of weather, well I would be very cautious," Daisy Dade said while filling up her vehicle at a Beaumont gas station.
Cold weather, snow and the possibility of icy roads could make a dangerous mix.
"An icy patch? Make sure I have a firm grip on the steering wheel," Paul Fontanoza said.
It's a hazard drivers hope to avoid.
"Oh I don't drive, my mother does the driving," Victor Tyler said.
It's a hazard that doesn't come along every winter.
"In Southeast Texas we're definitely not used to these type of conditions so when we get out there it's strange to us and we don't know how to react," Beaumont Police Sgt. Rob Flores said.
If the roads are icy and you hit a slick patch, officers say to take your foot off the brake and the accelerator and be sure not to over steer.
"Controlling a vehicle on the road is all about avoiding spin and skid," Flores said. "This is what happens in an over steer. We're driving and obviously we start losing it."
Flores said reducing the risk of an accident starts with thinking about what you'll do before you get on the road.
"Ice is very unforgiving. A break like this, with traction, we stop. With ice on the roadway, we will keep going obviously so that's what you want to avoid," he said.
Overpasses, bridges and intersections can be especially dangerous.
"If you have to come to a stop you need to be concerned about what's coming at you from behind," Flores said. "If you see vehicles that are stopped or there's a crash on the interstate or on the roads, try to get away from those vehicles to a safe location."
Flores said if you get caught in a skid, the best thing to do is to steer into it. It's also important to leave early so you can drive at a slow and constant speed. Finally, pay attention.
Precautions to stay safe and planning that begins now could help keep your car on the road.