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Safe Teen Driver: Driving on Ice and Snow

Dec. 9, 2013

In Virginia, wintertime can be treacherous. When roads are covered in snow and ice conditions become dangerous for drivers, especially rookie teen drivers.

Jessica Lawrence says if she has to go out in a winter storm, she uses caution and keeps safety in mind.

"I just slow down, and try not to get myself in a potentially dangerous situation, not passing people. If they are going slow, I just slow down," Lawrence said.

While driving slow is key, AAA also recommends drivers avoid slamming on the brakes, make sure to keep their eyes on the road in the direction they want to go, and be aware of other drivers.

"Make sure you keep a safe distance from the car in front of you. You want to be able to brake and not have any fear of the vehicle in front of you," said Albemarle County Police spokeswoman Carter Johnson.

Another tip: prepare for the storm before it hits. Albemarle County Police suggest preparing a safety kit to keep in the car.

"Extra blankets, cell phone, flash light. Anything you may need if you get stuck on the road," Police Spokesperson Carter Johnson said.

Johnson says the best advice of all, if you don't have to go out in a storm, don't.

"When we had that really bad snow in 2009 I was halfway to work and I thought, what am I doing," said Lawrence.

Drivers should stay home until the roads have been cleared and treated, and safe once again.

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