Compared to other states, Georgia gets very little snowfall. This makes winter driving in the state mostly a breeze. Every so often, there is enough snow and ice to bring traffic to a halt or send cars sliding through stop signs. Sometimes the results are comical. Other times, not so much. On several occasions in the past, Georgia made the news for lack of preparedness when true winter weather hit.

Since then, new measures have been put in place to salt roads and clear away snow and ice. Still, the first set of people to hit that ice and snow may face difficulties. Here are a few tips from the NHTSA on winter driving safety.

  1. Start with your vehicle

As a responsible driver, it is important to keep your vehicle in the best shape possible. Keep up with scheduled maintenance and pay attention to parts that are most affected by low temperatures. This includes your batteries, tires, wipers and coolant.

  1. Prepare for emergencies

It is best not to wait until you get stuck on a Western Georgia highway in the dead of winter to realize you are woefully unprepared. Keep fresh water, blankets and flashlights on hand. If you do happen to be out when the next “Snowpocalypse” hits, then you can at least sit tight and warm while workers clear the roads.

  1. Drive for the weather

Always check the weather before leaving the house and plan accordingly. If there is a forecast of ice or snow and you must drive, then give yourself a little extra time to get there. This allows you to drive slowly and more carefully.

Safe driving is a year-round responsibility. This keeps not just yourself and your passengers safe, but also other drivers, pedestrians and cyclists. However, during the winter, it is only natural that you may need to take a few extra precautions.

This article shares tips from the NHTSA on safe driving in the winter. It should not be misconstrued as or used in place of legal advice.