Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Be Careful During Wintry Conditions

With the anticipated ice and snowfall accumulations being predicting for this Thursday, it’s a good time to remind everyone about winter driving safety. The best advice is to do what you can to avoid being involved in an accident. Slow down during hazardous weather conditions and allow additional time to get to your destination.

Below you’ll find some clips provided to us by our City Traffic Engineers showing how treacherous the roadways can become with just a small amount of ice or snow. These crashes were from last Friday night on a stretch of US 69 Highway.

Winter Driving Tips:

1. Be sure all occupants are "buckled up."
2. Decrease your speed and leave yourself plenty of room to stop.
3. Brake gently to avoid skidding.
4. Turn on your lights to increase your visibility.
5. Use low gears to maintain traction, especially on hills.
6. Don't use cruise control or overdrive on icy roads.
7. Take extra caution on bridges and overpasses. They freeze quickly.
8. Don't pass snowplows and sand trucks.
9. Keep your windshield clean.
10. Don't assume your vehicle can handle all conditions. Four-wheel drive is of little benefit on icy roads.

If you become stranded, stay with your vehicle, running your engine and heater for short intervals. Be sure to "crack" a window open to avoid carbon monoxide build-up.