Greensboro, NC -- WFMY News 2 found out what police want you to know about driving in winter weather.
The people we depend on to keep the roads clear are watching the forecast for the first sign they need to go to work. They're ready but are we ready?
WFMY News 2's Liz Crawford found out the three things drivers need to know about driving in bad weather.
"The bridges are of course going to be the most dangerous because they ice the fastest and they slick. Any areas where you don't get a lot of sun is going to have the black ice spots," said Officer Ecolia Watkins with Greensboro Police.
Here are the three things you need to know as a driver in winter weather:
Increase your stopping distance. Usually a two car distance is recommended. Make it four car lengths in winter weather.
Slow down. Speed limits don't apply. Drive according to the conditions and your comfort level.
Give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination. Leave early because your commute needs to be slow.
When it comes to the most common mistake, Officer Watkins said, "People slamming on breaks, just kind of getting nervous or scared when they see other accidents occur so just not being aware...not being focused on the road."
Earlier this year the North Carolina Department of Transportation released information on the Winter Weather Preparations
Click here: NCDOT Winter Weather Driving
WFMY News 2, Greensboro Police