Driving in the snow: What you need to know

Driving in the snow. Credit: KMOV

How many times have you heard the saying "people can't drive in the snow." It is something you might hear every time it snows, but is it really true? "People shutdown here which is confusing because it is Midwest state so they should be prepared for it," says Kiira Stone.

Hannah Hentzel adds, "They are a little too aggressive, they aren't conscious of the fact they are driving on icy roads."

News 4 went to the pros to get the answers, and hit the road with Ronnie Williams, an instructor with SaveDriver Services Driving School of St. Louis.

"The best thing I can tell you is to be prepared and make sure you your car is in good operating condition. That is half the battle," says Williams.

Williams says when snow hits the ground, every move you make matters.

"You don't want to do anything sudden when you're driving in the winter time. If it is slick, one thing I tell my students is to put the car in first and second gear. Put it in second gear, start off in second gear so it won't take off so fast. That way you have better traction," says Williams.

Williams says as you're driving you want to be scanning and gauge your speed. When it comes to distance, he says you need to be a car length away.

"You can't predict what is going to happen, you see that all the time, a car losing traction. They will slide back into you if you're on a hill. You always want to take a good safe following distance. Be back where you can do somewhat of a move where you're at," says Williams.

Be sure you have a full tank of gas and some water bottles in your car just in case you get stuck.

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