LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- While the best advice for driving in bad winter weather is not to drive at all, we want to help you be prepared if you do have to get out.

Here are four tips for staying safe from The Weather Channel.

Decrease your speed and leave yourself at least three times more space than usual between you and the car in front of you.

Brake gently to avoid skidding, and if your wheels start to lock up, ease off the brake.

urn on your lights to increase your visibility to other motorists. Keep your lights and windshield clean. And don't use cruise control or overdrive on icy roads.

If your rear wheels skid, follow this tips:
- 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 and if they're sliding right, steer right
- If you have standard brakes, pump them gently
- If you have anti-lock brakes, don't pump the brakes, but apply steady pressure.

Here's what to do 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'll slow the vehicle and traction will return.
- As it does, steer in the direction you want to go.

If you get stuck, remember this: Don't spin your wheels, this will only dig you in deeper. Turn your wheels from side to side a few times to push snow out of the way. And use a light touch on the gas, to ease your car out.

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