Horrible to see vehicular deaths come out this! If any southern absolutely needs to drive in this ice (and for future wintery surprises); some common northern sense driving tips for those who cause the scenes pictured above: There’s no shame in driving well under the speed limit, it’s the single best way for inexperienced winter drivers to have control of their car
Stay focused and pay attention to the other drivers slipping and sliding while also staying calm…
Be careful with sudden, hard slams on your brakes! If you catch yourself sliding, slamming on your brakes will most likely put you in a worse spot than you were i.e. spinning out, heading for the ditch.
Instead, when you need to brake: long, slow pushes with your brakes are key-if you don’t have automatic brakes you can achieve this by “pumping” your brakes slowly a couple a of times
Last but not least, if you are sliding into a seriously dangerous position with no control(another lane, through stop signs/lights), my one piece of advice is…TO THE RIGHT. Something that’s been engrained into my brain since I got my license- no matter where you are your best option to avoid a collision is to steer your car to right hopefully getting you out of traffic’s way and into a ditch (seriously this saves lives!). Even if you feel that you have no control of the car, you do have some steering control believe it or not. A trick to aim your wild car towards a “landing spot” is to focus on a stationary object near your “landing spot” (hands on the wheel!) and that is where you will end up…brain functions and muscle movements…look it up.
Best of luck!
PS have sand, shovels, blankets, and warm clothing in the trunk!