Winter travel safety tips

By Rebecca Powers – bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - A check of the MDOT traffic camera found snow in Oxford from overnight, but the roads looked clear Thursday afternoon.

In Jackson, morning rain slacked off in the afternoon, but by the evening, the worry is that wet spots on the roads will freeze as temperatures drop.

In Hattiesburg, the roads are wet, too.

Corporal Johnny Poulos said the Highway Patrol has extra troopers on duty.

He also says anyone who must drive in the dangerous winter weather conditions should take extra precautions.

The first piece of advice, make sure everyone in the car is following the law and wearing a seatbelt.

Before you travel, check to make sure your defroster and wipers are working so you have good visibility.

Drivers should keep proper distance in between vehicles... wet or icy conditions may cause drivers to stop quickly... so don't follow to closely.

If your vehicle goes into skid, Poulos says you should turn the steering wheel into the direction of the skid to regain control.

And one of the biggest dangers in extreme cold and wet weather is icing on bridges and overpasses. They ice over first.

Poulos also said there are a lot of overpasses and bridges on our interstates, and the higher speeds increase the potential for danger.

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