How well do you remember these winter-driving rules from your KY DMV test?

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT)- While conditions continue to worsen across Kentucky, as a winter storm rolls in, officials are hoping people will stay off the roads. For those who can't, they say it's important to take it slow.

"We've kind of built-in to a perfect storm, where we have water, we have a quick drop in temperature, roadways are going to freeze," said Billy Fryer, Director of Training with the Fayette County Attorney's driver education program.

Most drivers have heard the go-to tips before, as officials repeat the need to slow down, and give more space to brake.

"We are always in a hurry," said Fryer, "The ability to stop changes dramatically."

While the advice may seem redundant to some, how well do drivers actually follow these rules, and do they truly understand them?

Hundreds of weather-related wrecks in Central Kentucky since the start of winter could be a sign that we all need a tune up.

That's why WKYT met with Fryer ahead of the big winter storm, and combed through the official Kentucky Driver Manual.

See if you know this answer to this question.

In heavy rain or snow you should use...
A. ...your brights or high beams for more visibility.
B. ...your low beams to avoid glares and reflections.
C. ...no lights to be invisible to aggressive drivers.

According to state law, the answer is B.

"All the high beam does is reflect more light, and obviously that is a detriment to your vision," said Fryer.

What about this one?

In a heavy snowstorm, if you can't see more than 100 feet ahead...
A. ...you can not safely drive faster than 25 mph.
B. ...it's illegal to be driving, pull over.
C. ...you must honk your horn every 30 seconds.

That answer is A, listed in the "Visibility" section of the state's manual.

While the many rules may seem confusing, Fryer says there is a simple solution.

"There is an option, and that's stay home. Stay off the road."

If have to be out, Fryer says it's important to be prepared for an emergency.

While many folks are trained to pump their brakes when hitting black ice, Fryer says there's another method.

"There is actually a technique called threshold braking that we have kind of forgot about as a driving community."

This is where you hit your brake, and then release just a bit of force to make sure your tires stay moving, even at an extremely slow rate.

"All you do is just remove enough pressure from the brake pedal to allow the tires to begin to roll at a very slow rate, and you maintain that."

Fryer says if your wheels aren't turning and making contact, you can't steer.

"You want the tires to maintain a rotation. In other words, you want them to roll."

The tactic will hopefully allow drivers to gain control again, and make it home safely.



 
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