Safe driving tips for winter weather

Safe driving tips for winter weather

EDGEFIELD COUNTY, SC (WFXG) - "If you don't have to go, just don't go."

That's the main message Lance Corporal Tony Keller and the South Carolina Highway Patrol have for drivers as snow and ice head our way.

While road crews have prepared for the snow, there are things you can do to stay safe if you have to drive.

"Slow down, first of all. You have to slow down to where you can drive and operate the vehicle, you have to watch out for your bridges, your overpasses," Keller says.

That's because these are the areas that are more likely to freeze first as temperatures drop.

But Keller says the highway patrol is ready for the winter storm.

"You know,we're ready. Everything's been activated. We've tried to stay ahead of the ball game and tried to have things activated prior to the bad weather coming in," he said. "So I feel like we're just as prepared as we were last time." 

Another thing to do is remember to fill up your gas tank if you haven't already.

"Main thing is if you've got that full tank of gas, if you do get stranded, then you've got that gas to keep the car running," Keller says.

Highway patrol says be sure to check the road conditions before you leave the house and give yourself extra time for travel.

Keller says the key thing to remember to do is simply stay off the roads.

"I can't emphasize this enough, staying at home," he said. "If you don't have to go, just don't go."

Highway patrol says key items to keep in the car are blankets and flashlights.

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