How to drive safely on ice and snow

Memphis, Tenn. — We’re inching closer to the next round of winter weather which will likely bring more snow and ice to the Mid-South.

Right now, crews are gearing up and prepping roadways for whatever the arctic blast may bring.

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Meanwhile, business is booming at Gateway Tire & Service Center on Raines Rd. in Memphis.

“They want to make sure they have good tires and good windshield wipers,” shop manager Caesar Soto said.

Customers are getting their cars looked over and serviced before Monday’s expected winter storm.

“You have to understand your vehicle and understand, no matter what kind of car and what kind of tires you have, the traction is very limited,” he said.

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If you absolutely must get out on the roads, Soto said not to follow other drivers too closely.

“You should drive slow, increase your following distance, and any changes you need to make slowly,” he said.

Spokesperson for the Tennessee Department of Transportation Nicole Lawrence said TDOT crews are pre-treating trouble areas on roadways and overpasses.

“We’re making sure all our trucks are gassed and are filled with salt and brine to make sure they’re ready to go,” she said.

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Lawrence said if you see a snowplow or TDOT crews out on the roads to give them plenty of space.

“The plows on the front of those trucks are bigger than the actual truck,” she said. “If you are trying to get around them, that could be sticking out to keep you from doing that.”

In any severe weather, both Lawrence and Soto say the best thing you can do is stay at home.

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If you are planning to get out, you can check out TDOT’s Smartway map online for roadblocks and wrecks before you head out.

You can also call *THP for help if you’re stuck or stranded.