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When temperatures drop below 32 degrees, even a thin layer of water on the road can freeze into a deadly sheet of ice.
"Anytime there's black ice forming on a bridge, there's instantly wrecks," said Jim Gregory of Goodlettsville Driver Training.
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," Gregory said. "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," Gregory said. "And 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," Gregory said. "Usually that makes the situation worse than it was before."
He says there s no good way to try and fight the ice or change direction and says the best way to survive simply to stay calm and ride it out.
"Reduce your speed by letting off the accelerator and you'll make it over the ice," Gregory said.
Wednesday, December 26 2012, 10:34 PM CST
Man pleads guilty to Memphis officer's murder
May 21, 2013 22:22 GMT
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- A former death row inmate is set to be released from prison after he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder of a Memphis police officer.
Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich said Tuesday that she has accepted Timothy McKinney's guilty plea.
McKinney was convicted of first-degree murder for the fatal shooting of Officer Don Williams. The officer was killed outside a comedy club in December 1997.
McKinney appealed and won a new trial, which ended with a deadlocked jury. A third trial earlier this year also ended in a hung jury.
The Commercial Appeal reports that McKinney was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Since he's already served more than 15 years -- including 11 on death row -- McKinney will be released this week.
Williams' family opposed the settlement.
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