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Tips for driving on icy roads

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With winter officially here, it's time to start brushing up on those tips to keep us safe on the roads when the weather turns icy.

Did you know that because freezing rain and sleet accumulates on anything that they touch and they can often appear as just "wet" over 85 percent of ice storm deaths are traffic related.

In the video, I outline some basic driving tips to help you make through the wintry months. Below are a few more tips of how to stay safe if you find your self sliding when driving in icy weather.

If your rear wheels skid, you'll want to:

1. Take your foot off of the accelerator

2. Steer in the direction that you want the front wheels to go. If your rear wheels are sliding left, steer left....

3. If your rear wheels start sliding the other way as you recover, ease the steering wheel toward that side.

4. If you have standard brakes, pump them gently.

5. If you have anti-lock brakes, apply steady pressure.

If your front wheels skid, you'll want to:

1. Take your foot off of the gas and shift to neutral, don't steer immediately.

2. Once the car turns sideways, turn the wheel in the direction that you'd like to go.

If you get stuck, you'll want to:

1. Do not spin your wheels.

2. Pour sand, kitty litter, gravel or salt in the path of the wheels to help with traction.

3. Try rocking the vehicle (consult your owner's manual first).

You can always stay up-to-date with the latest forecast by checking in with Storm Team 9 on-TV, online at wnct.com and on Facebook.

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