Safe driving treated a priority as Winter Storm Avery hits WV

Connected car technology could warn drivers when vehicles ahead of them suddenly brake.

FAYETTE COUNTY (WOAY)- As we’ve been showing you all Thursday long on air, the roads are icy and in some areas- unsafe. That’s why local mechanics are preaching safe driving- especially on the highways.

Mike Fox, owner Bud Fox’s body shop in Glen Jean, says checking your tires and your battery need to be priority number one as you head out for the day. Fox also warning you about wet leaves on the road, saying they have the potential to be more dangerous than ice and sleet.

“First of all you, want to be a defensive driver,” Fox said. “Create some distance between the car in front of you and the car behind you. Drive five to seven miles per hour slower than normal and create distance.”

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