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January 6, 2014

Winter weather safety, driving tips

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MILLEDGEVILLE —

• People who depend of electricity to operate medical equipment should have alternate arrangements in place in case power is out for an extended period of time. 

• Avoid traveling by car in icy conditions. If you must go out and do get stuck, stay with your car. Leave the overhead lights on when the engine is running so you can be seen.

• Plan for pets to come inside and store adequate food and water for them.

• Create an emergency communications plan so family members will know who to contact if separated during a storm. Designate at least one out-of-town contact that all family members can call. 

Also, the Georgia Department of Transportation offers residents few words of traveling advice:

• GDOT will use social media to update the public on travel conditions and has put cell phones in all salt trucks and accompanying vehicles to speed responses to problem areas.

• Do not pass a dump truck spreading salt or stone. Flying stone can break your windshield.

• Be careful when approaching GDOT crews as they clear ice.

• If a traffic signal is not working, treat it as a four-way stop.

Driving on icy roads can be particularly dangerous. Follow these suggestions:

• Slow down. The posted speed limit is for driving on dry pavement. Stopping on any slick surface takes a longer distance. Keep three seconds or more between you and the vehicle in front of you.

• Be gentle. Pretend there is an egg between your foot and the accelerator. This is the best way to maintain traction and avoid skids. Apply brakes gentler and allow yourself more time to stop.

• Control that skid. If your rear wheels skid, simply steer where you want to go. If the front wheels skid, steer straight until you regain control. Take your foot off the gas in either case.

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