Professional driver offers advice for taking on the icy roads - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Professional driver offers advice for taking on the icy roads

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

Ice is still a problem on many streets, creating dangerous driving conditions. Learning how to drive on the ice and what to do in the worst case scenario can go a long way to keep you, and others around you, safe.

Professional stunt driver Max Maxwell says the biggest mistake many people make while driving on the ice is speeding.

"Going too fast and not leaving enough distance between them and the car in front of them," Maxwell explained. "And not anticipating coming down hills and coming up on stuff."

Maxwell offered some good advice for driving on the ice.

Follow the tracks laid out by the car ahead of you. Those tracks should help to create more traction when driving.

Also, when it comes to pumping the breaks, a gentle push is the way to go.

"You want to break smooth and you want to break in a straight line. So, you need your wheels perfectly straight before you start to break," Maxwell said.

If you do end up skidding, make sure to turn your wheel in the direction of the skid. If your car is skidding to the left, turn your wheel to the left. If your car is skidding to the right, turn your wheel to the right.

For more about how to drive in a variety of conditions, check out Andy Wise's special report, "Surviving the Skid." We dug it up from the archives in order to keep you safe on the roads.

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