NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - East Texans don't have to deal with extreme winter weather often, but in the rare cases they do, driving becomes difficult and a lot more dangerous than usual.
While staying off the roads is the best way to avoid accidents during this type of weather, that's just not option for a lot of people, so they need to be prepared. Nacogdoches defensive driving instructor Ray Morris gave this advice.
"Use caution; you need to make sure your vehicle is equip and ready for these type of conditions," Morris said.
Simply checking things like your tire pressure, battery, and oil before you get on the road can save you a lot of time and heartbreak.
When you get on the road, that the slower you go, the better Morris said.
"You want to be going a slower speed always. If the speed limit is 65 out on the West Loop there, slow down to 55," Morris said.
Yet, sometimes, no matter what you do, the road is just too slick and cars begin to skid. This a big problem because a lot of people don't know what to do when this happens, and it usually results in a crash.
Instead of panicking, Morris advises that you turn your wheels in the same direction that your skidding.
"If my vehicle starts sliding to the right, I want to keep my wheels turned that way. Once I gain control of my vehicle, I can turn it back the way I need to," Morris said. "If you jerk your wheel to try to go the direction you need to go, your vehicle is going to spin."
Morris also advised to give yourself plenty of time to get somewhere before you leave, and that if you have any issues or concerns, to call the Texas Department of Public Safety.