So, I thought it might be a good idea to clarify a couple things for my own peace of mind.
- News reporter said: "Tap your brakes so you know what the road surface is like so you'll know how your car will respond..."
While that is true... I think they may have edited out this part, "...but most importantly (if you don't have anti-lock brakes) tap your brakes too keep from locking them up and to keep your car from becoming a sled. Tapping your brakes helps you maintain control of your car as you stop / slow down to stop."
- News reporter said: "Take extra clothes, hats and gloves in case you get stranded on the road. That way if you get wet or something you have some dry clothes to change into."
OK, that could be valid, too, but the biggest reason to take extra clothes is so you can stay warm and add layers to the clothing you already have on. Avoiding hypothermia is one of the most important things to do if you get stranded in sub-zero winter weather.
Well, then are some "real sources" for winter driving tips:
AAA - How to go on ice and snow (PDF)
Weather Channel Winter Driving Tips
Car Talk Winter Driving Tips
The best thing you can do in "winter" weather is plan ahead. Leave early so you have time to drive more cautiously.
Now be safe out there.
And, if you're worried about knowing what to do when the roads are slick, click on the links above to get detailed info instead of relying on a news live shot.