KSP: Winter Driving Tips for Motorists

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HENDERSON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Kentucky State Police says it wants drivers prepared as ice and snow begin to appear on the roads.

KSP has issued the following reminders:

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DRIVING CONSIDERATIONS:

–          Know the conditions before departure – In Kentucky,  click here to see the reported conditions of your intended travel routes. Also, monitor your local media outlets and radio. Please do not call 911 to inquire about road conditions. You may also download the Kentucky State Police free mobile phone app which is available at Apple and Google Play Stores.

–          Clear all windows and mirrors – having unobstructed vision is vital for time/distance management and to avoid having a collision.

–          Leave early – allow more travel time; expect some delays as well as temporary road closures. Anticipate normal travel time to be up to five times longer (depending).

–          Increase distance between vehicles – it takes significantly longer to stop on snow and ice cover roadways.

–          Use extreme caution on bridges and over passes – also peaks and valleys as well as shady areas typically hold spots of black ice.

–          Do not use cruise control (or exhaust engine brakes for trucks) – cruise control can cause the vehicle’s wheels to continue turning on a slick surface, hence causing the vehicle to lose control.

–          Approach intersections with great care – other drivers not paying attention may slide through red lights.

–          Signal all lane changes and turning movements – for other motorist to react to your anticipated actions.

BE PREPARED:

–          Have a full tank of fuel – In the event of a collision or being stranded, it will take emergency personal longer response times. With frigid temperatures, having enough fuel to keep warm is paramount! Also, make sure your exhaust tail pipe is clear and free of any obstructions like snow or debris. This allows carbon monoxide to properly exit your vehicle and not back into your vehicles cabin.

–          Have a vehicle cell phone charger and a blanket. – It is also a good idea to have a working flashlight, jumper cables and non-perishable food items including water inside your vehicle as well.

–          Notify a family member or friend of your travel plans and intended travel routes.– In the event you wreck or become stranded, law enforcement can retrace your intended travel path to save time and to achieve the best and fastest possible outcome.

COLLISION/SLIDE OFF INFORMATION:

–          Be patient – bad weather also limits the capabilities of law enforcement officers and other emergency services. Also, keep in mind we will be experiencing a high volume of requests for service.

–          Attempt to move your vehicle out of the roadway if you are involved in a minor, non-injury traffic collision; especially if you are in a dangerous area such as a curve or blinding hill.

–          If your vehicle is stranded or wrecked but not in the roadway, attempts to recover your vehicle will have to wait until conditions improve for safety considerations.

Furthermore, Kentucky’s Move Over Law states motorists MUST change lanes away from the emergency or utility vehicle if it can be done so SAFELY. If it’s not possible to move away from the emergency vehicle, motorists must SLOW DOWN and proceed with caution.

Vehicles included in the “Move Over” law are:
• Police vehicles
• Ambulances
• Fire trucks and rescue equipment
• Highway incident-response vehicles
• Highway work vehicles-including snow plows
• Vehicle recovery equipment (tow trucks)

Aside from the listed above, police say drivers should move over or slow down for anyone else stranded or alongside the roadway.

KSP says citizens can contribute to highway safety by calling 1-800-222-5555. Citizens can call to confidentially report impaired drivers or any criminal activity. They can also download the free KSP mobile phone app.

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Bobbi McSwine joined the ABC 36 News Team in March 2020. She started as a Web Content Producer in November 2019. She was born and raised in Chicago, IL, known to many as the “Windy City.” She studied journalism at the University of Illinois in Urbana Champaign. While in school, she had a number of internships ranging from Free Spirit Media, ABC 7 Chicago and Illinois Public Media. She fell in love with writing in high school and paired that with a newfound passion for storytelling in college. She misses her hometown, but she loves the horses and rich history in Lexington. When she’s not working, she’s probably listening to music or binge-watching Netflix. She’s always looking to get to know more people in Central Kentucky, so feel free to shoot her a message on Facebook @BobbiWTVQ, follow her on Twitter @McSwineB_News, or send her an email at bmcswine@wtvq.com.