Winter weather driving and other preparations. - - Jackson, MS

Winter weather driving and other preparations.

By  David Kenney - bio | email

 JACKSON, MS (WLBT) -  Another round of winter weather is expected to impact the Jackson metro Wednesday.  Many people are wanting to be more prepared for the storm this second time around.


Defensive driving instructor John Brodbeck says inexperience is one of the greatest causes of winter driving accidents in Mississippi.

"We don't get enough snow or ice for people to get used to it I grew up in Illinois so I had a lot of experience when I came down here. what I learned is because so even if you're the best driver, the other people on the road might not be," says Brodbeck.

Brodbeck says avoid driving altogether if you can when the roads become slick.   If you have to venture out, Brodbeck says take it slow, and use anti lock breaks correctly if you start to slide. Keep even pressure on brakes, and that will limit how far you skid.

Brodbeck says, "The main thing is not to hit the brakes, not hit the gas, if you try to change your speed start to slip you're going to make the skid worse."

Kevin Payne of Big 10 Tires says, "We had a lot of people come in after the fact of storms where they slid, definitely if a tire has tread that it needs it will grip a whole lot better, I don't think the snow is a big issue but with the rain it causes a lot of sliding lot of wrecks."

Tire tread and inflation is also important in preventing vehicles from sliding. Payne says bald tires have a smaller chance of gripping the road, no matter what the conditions are, if the road is icy, there's almost no chance.

Keeping a full tank of gas, warm clothes, blankets and something to eat in your car is also a good idea, just in case you run into grid locked traffic, like these people saw on the stack last week.

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