Myth: You must pump your brakes when your car slides out of control
Fact: Check your model, but most modern cars have an antilock brake system (ABS) that “works with your regular brake system by automatically pumping them,” says the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. So unless you’re driving an antique car around in the snow, keep your foot on the brake. Focus on where you want the car to go and steer in that direction.
Myth: Tornadoes never happen in the winter
Fact: Bettes says that people often believe “tornadoes [happen] in the spring, hurricanes [happen] in the summer, and snowstorms in the winter,” and at no other time. But tornadoes actually occur every winter! In February 2008 when people were trying to vote on Super Tuesday, 80+ tornadoes ravaged five Southern states. And there's even “a climatological uptick,” if you will, that happens in November.
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Lee Breslouer is a senior writer for Thrillist and doesn't like snowstorms or blizzards. Follow him to common beliefs at @LeeBreslouer.