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"Anytime there's black ice forming on a bridge, there's instantly wrecks," says Jim Gregory of Goodlettsville Driver Training.
That's why Gregory is teaching student drivers how to survive if they find themselves sliding out of control in winter weather. Gregory spends most of his time helping teens get their driver's licenses, but says even the most experienced drivers can be caught off guard after the first winter storm of the year.
"It's very dangerous because you can't see it before," says Gregory. "Usually you're on top of it before you know it's there."
He says you can't always predict where ice will be or when it will form, but there are ways to be prepared just in case.
"Keep your speed down," says Gregory. "Be looking far ahead so that if other cars are having trouble in an area then you'll see it before you get to it."
Gregory says if all of a sudden your car does start to skid, it's important to keep the wheel straight and avoid the instinct to stop.
"You'll want to not use your brakes and not to panic because most people do panic whenever something happens and usually that makes the situation worse than it was before," says Gregory.
He says there's no good way to try and fight the ice or change direction, and says the best way to survive is simply to stay calm and ride it out.
"Reduce your speed by letting off the accelerator and you'll make it over the ice," says Gregory.
TDOT offers even more winter driving tips. You can find a complete list of those by visiting our website. Just go to Fox17.com and click on FOX LINKS. Parts of the Midstate only got flurries, but when the next round of winter weather strikes, TDOT says it will be ready. COMING UP TONIGHT on FOX17 NEWS, the new system that will make treating the roads a lot easier.
Wednesday, December 26 2012, 09:57 PM CST
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Belmont University College of Law has announced that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito will speak at the school's first graduation next year.
Law school Dean Jeff Kinsler said Wednesday it will be an especially great honor to have the justice address Belmont's initial law graduates. The commencement is scheduled for May 10, 2014. The college anticipates about 120 graduates completing the three-year program.
Belmont announced last week that the American Bar Association has granted its law school provisional accreditation. New schools must have two years of provisional accreditation before being granted full accreditation, but graduates are entitled to the same recognition.
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