Colorado

Dec 4, 2013 11:04 PM by Maddie Garrett

Snow Might Have Stopped, But Roads Could Worsen

The snow might have stopped Wednesday night, but that doesn't mean drivers are in the clear. Rush hour traffic from Wednesday packed down all of the snow that accumulated on the roads earlier in the day, making it slick for the days to come.

"It's going to become very messy very quickly," said Matt Theobald, driving instructor and owner of Academy School of Driving in Colorado Springs.

News 5 rode along with Theobald Wednesday afternoon in the winter storm. He said he sees a lot of bad habits when it comes to drivers on snowy roads.

"People are just going way to fast for the conditions and they're so close, just like this guy right here in front of us," he said pointing to a vehicle almost tailgating another car.

Theobald is worried about the next few days, because the snow won't be melting any time soon.

"Once it becomes packed, it's ice. So whether it's a dry snow or a wet snow, once the cars are driving over it, packing it down, it becomes ice," said Theobald.

That's bad news for state troopers like Sgt. J.R. Mullins.

"What happens real quick though is when the road conditions deteriorate a lot of crashes start coming and they're slide offs and so we try and clear the road off best we can and cover the crashes," explained Sgt. Mullins.

To make sure you don't end up in one of those accidents, Theobald has one suggestion on what not to do if you start sliding:

"Well your natural inclination is to slam on your brakes which is the absolute worst thing you can do because now your car becomes a sled and you have absolutely no control over the vehicle whatsoever," he said.

Instead, Theobald said to take your foot off the brake and the gas pedals, look where you want to go and steer that direction.

But pointed out one sure-fire way to stay safe, "If you don't have to go anywhere don't."

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