Our View: Triple 'A' driving
Importantly, increasing your vehicle's following distance from four to eight seconds could allow the precious time needed to stop to avoid an accident on slippery roads.
Similarly, breaking gradually -- not slamming on your breaks -- and, during a skid, steering in the direction you want to go, can help you stay on the road.
And because many of our roads in Watauga County are built on hills, observing how other drivers are reacting on those hills is important -- build momentum at the bottom of hills and reduce speeds when cresting.
Headlight use improves visibility day and night, and headlights on is the law at all times when your windshield wipers are in use.
And, most importantly, slow down. Decreasing your speed, especially when approaching an intersection, will help to ensure you arrive at your intended destination.