COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Winter weather is still heading to the Midlands, and here at WIS, we want to make sure that your vehicle is prepared for those conditions.
If you’re driving and you hit some ice, the first rule thumb is to stay calm.
Rule number 2?
“Do not hit your brake,” said Eric Goins of Pope Davis Tire and Automotive. “If you hit the brake, the first thing that’s going to happen is you’re going to start sliding sideways. Once you start sliding sideways, then it’s hard to correct the vehicle.”
AAA has advised that you put extra distance between yourself and other vehicles, and take it slowly.
Goins says preparation is key to driving safely in winter conditions.
“Your windshield wiper...if you can’t see, you can’t drive,” Goins said. “Check them, make sure that they’re not cracked. If they are cracking, a cheap pair of wiper blades is just as good as an expensive pair”
Along with checking the tread and tire pressure on your wheels, Goins also advised that you take a look at your battery. He says these freezing temps can wear them down.
“If it’s over 3 years old…more than likely the cold’s going to drain the battery,” he said.
If you’re hesitant about checking to make sure your vehicle is ready for winter, Goins says it’s best to do it now.
“I see people come in and they need stuff done on their vehicle and they say ‘Oh, let me wait,’” he said. “Mother Nature doesn’t wait.”
SCDOT reps say they’ve had over 700 employees out helping with winter operations to prep the roads, and they’ve used more than 6,000 tons of salt to treat the roadways.