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Safe driving tips as potential snow makes its way to Georgia

Here's what you need to know.

ATLANTA — Georgia doesn't often see snow, but when the winter weather makes its way south to the Peach State it can be a mess.

Black ice, sleet and snow are all symptoms of a harsh winter in Georgia and can produce dangerous driving conditions. The Georgia Department of Transportation always recommends people stay home and off the roadways when conditions get dangerous, but if you can't there's certain precautions drivers should take.

The Georgia Department of Transportation has provided these tips:

Slow down to at least half your normal speed.
Also, make sure to switch down to low gear as you drive. Taking it slow and steady means you are more likely to arrive at your destination safely.

Pay attention to the DOT crews who clear snow and ice.
Don't try to pass these trucks on the highway, but instead follow at least 100 feet behind them.

If possible, postpone travel until daylight hours when road conditions such as black ice are more visible.

Call 511 to report icy conditions on interstates and state routes.

Treat broken traffic lights as four-way stops.
Don't forget to exercise extra caution because your fellow drivers may not know that the stoplight should be handled this way.

Beware of black ice! 
This road condition isn't some kind of folk tale but is actually one of the most dangerous elements of winter driving weather.

Here are 3 safety tips for driving on black ice:

  • Don't hit the brakes, but keep your steering wheel steady.
  • Take your foot off the gas.
  • Don't try to overcorrect your steering if you begin to slide.

Look out for fallen trees or power lines. These hazards can appear anywhere on the roadway, so exercise total caution when driving.

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