If you live in an apartment in Beaufort, SC you should know that local weather conditions are expected to deteriorate. Temperatures are supposed to drop and there is a chance of sleet, ice and snow, with accumulation possible.
If you will be driving, make sure your vehicle is properly equipped, slow down, leave plenty of room between you and other vehicles, anticipate problems instead of reacting to them and learn to use your vehicle's controls.
Unless you have been trained in how to respond to a snow- or ice-induced skid, you will invariably succumb to what the experts call "target fixation." That is: focusing on your impending doom instead of taking proper evasive action. This will result in a crash.
Here are some tips to drivers in snowy winter conditions:
Be prepared: Before you set out in winter weather, make sure your vehicle is properly equipped. That means snow tires or chains in extreme conditions.
Slow down: Driving too fast is the No. 1 winter driving error. Read the road to choose the appropriate speed. Slippery roads make every mistake happen faster and more dramatically. And don't think antilock brakes, stability systems or other vehicle control mechanisms will help you if you're sliding.
Look ahead: Winter drivers need to use their eyes more effectively. Not only should you be aware of road ice and other slippery conditions, but you should also double the distance you normally allow between you and the car in front of you. Also, look ahead and get ready for corners and other obstacles before you arrive at them.
Brake before you enter a corner: Smoothly apply your brakes before you reach a corner and then release the brakes and use all the grip of the car to corner. Then, once you are through the turn, accelerate out.
Learn how to control a skid: If you find yourself in an oversteer situation (meaning: your car is turning too much) you have to go against your natural tendencies. Turn into the skid. You also need to accelerate. People don't think about accelerating to control the car. However, many oversteer skids can be controlled and a disaster averted simply by releasing the brake and gently accelerating. This transfers the weight from the front to the rear wheels, which allows you to steer into the direction of the skid, gain control of the vehicle and continue safely on your way.
Go slow in the snow. Or stay home and make hot chocolate.