As winter approaches, it is possible to start seeing freezing temperatures during the day and overnight in Tennessee, at least in the northern parts of the state. Even though snow is not particularly likely in most areas, there is a potential to see snow and ice intermittently.
As someone who normally drives in the South, you may not be as familiar with driving in winter weather, but if a storm does hit, you’ll want to know what to do to avoid a crash.
Surviving a winter storm in Tennessee
Just because snow is less likely in Tennessee doesn’t mean cold temperatures won’t cause problems. When temperatures drop to near-freezing or freezing temps, it is possible for rain to turn into sleet and sleet to become ice on the frozen ground.
Storms coming through the state have the potential to be dangerous and to lead to hazardous conditions, so you should make sure to be prepared.
What can you do to stay safe on the road during a winter storm?
There are a few things you’ll want to do to make sure you’re safe during a winter storm, including:
- Packing a first-aid kit to keep in your vehicle. Make sure this kit includes nonperishable food, water and warm blankets for colder days. If you get into a crash or are stuck on the side of the road, these supplies could be helpful.
- Making sure your tires have good tread. If your tires are bare or the tread has started to wear down, you may need to have your tires rotated or replaced.
- Listening to the radio before you go out. Check the weather and make sure you know what conditions to expect. Plan your route accordingly.
- Preparing for slower traffic. Give yourself more time to get to your destination when ice is possible or when rain obstructs your vision.
- Remember to check the Tennessee Department of Transportation website for updates on traffic and roadway conditions.
If you take the time to plan for the weather, it’s possible to get where you’re going without as high of a risk of getting into a crash. If you do end up in a collision, you’ll be better prepared as you wait for help to arrive.