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Black ice alert – two wrecks already blamed on ice this evening

wreck at hill city

This wreck at Hill City and another in Talking Rock are being blamed on black ice. Drivers urged to stay off roads, show caution.


Two wrecks have already been reported due to icy conditions this evening, both within an hour of each other after 9 p.m. Thursday.

The first at Highway 515 and Antioch Church Road and the second near Hill City Elementary on Highway 53 West.

Reports from the Pickens sheriff office said there was already a sheet of ice formed at the fourlane wreck site.

No serious injuries were reported at either. Both wrecks were single car accidents. The one at Hill City was a roll-over.

Sheriff Donnie Craig cautions drivers to stay off roadways this evening and show extreme caution through tomorrow morning.


Here are some driving safety tips for winter weather, but for this evening the best bet is to stay off the roads until they have a chance to thaw tomorrow moring.


Driving tips for a Snowpocalypse


The best advice for driving in bad winter weather is not to drive at all but if you must these tips may save your life.



*Use one input at a time – There are 3 controls to the car – brake, steering and throttle. You brake only in a straight line, not in a curve. You only steer when you’re off the brake. And you only apply throttle when you’re back travelling on a straight trajectory.

*Look where you want to go – When the rear end breaks loose, a driver should look where the car ought to be travelling and calmly steer in that direction.

Experts say it doesn’t matter whether a car is equipped with front-, rear-, or all-wheel drive because good technique will always cover all three driving platforms.

*Decrease your speed and leave yourself plenty of room to stop. You should allow at least three times more space than usual between you and the car in front of you.

*Brake gently to avoid skidding. If your wheels start to lock up ease off the brake.

*Don’t use cruise control

*Don’t assume your vehicle can handle all conditions. Even four-wheel and front-wheel drive vehicles can go flying on icy roads.


If your rear wheels skid…

            Take your foot off the accelerator.

            Steer in the direction you want the front wheels to go. If your rear wheels are sliding left, steer left. If they’re sliding right, steer right.

            If you have standard brakes, pump them gently.

            If you have anti-lock brakes, do not pump the brakes. Apply steady pressure to the brakes. You will feel the brakes pulse – this is normal.


If your front wheels skid…

            Take your foot off the gas and shift to neutral, but don’t try to steer immediately.

            As the wheels skid sideways, they will slow the vehicle and traction will return. As it does, steer in the direction you want to go.






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