Please be careful when traveling on all roadways during the winter snow season as well as during snow melting and thawing times as roads can be slippery and icy at various times.
PLEASE REMEMBER TO SLOW DOWN WHEN DRIVING AND DO NOT DRIVE THRU WATER COVERED ROADWAYS.
Drivers are advised to employ the following safety tips during the winter season:
- Give plow truck drivers space to do their job. – Do not pass or go between trucks plowing snow in a line. Follow six car lengths behind an operating plow. Remember the best driving conditions are behind the plow truck.
- Turn on your vehicle’s headlights. – State law requires motorists to turn on their headlights when wipers are being used.
- Allow for extra time. – Weather and road conditions can change quickly. Be prepared to drive slowly and increase following distances when necessary. Share your driving plans with friends and family.
- Carry a phone but don’t use it while driving. – Put all your attention on driving, but keep the phone close in case of an emergency.
- Clear ice and snow from vehicles. – Snow and ice falling from a vehicle can be a hazard to other drivers. If snow or ice falls from a vehicle and strikes another causing a crash or injury, the driver can be held liable and cited.
- Have an emergency kit in your vehicle. – Emergency packs should include flashlights, jumper cables, first aid supplies, matches, bottled water and snacks, extra warm clothing and gloves, radio, ice scrappers and snow shovels.
- Get your vehicle ready. – Check fluid and gas levels. Make sure wiper blades, tires, lights, heaters and defrosters are in good working condition.