Kentucky Transportation Cabinet: Tips for driving in snow & ice

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Salt truck drivers continue to try to prepare for any slick spots on the roads for your morning commute as the winter weather continues.

Although we are getting closer to springtime, there are some cold days still ahead and there are some things the state wants drivers to keep in mind.

They say asphalt and concrete may become slick as temperatures decline during late afternoons, evenings and early morning hours.

Also, keep in mind that black ice can form on previously treated routes.

Here are some of the tips for driving in the winter weather:

– Avoid nonessential travel if conditions are dangerous.

– Check the forecast and plan ahead for your trip.

– Make sure your vehicle is sufficiently winterized – check the battery, antifreeze level, heater, defroster, wipers, and windshield washer.

– Dress warmly for the weather – in layers of loose-fitting, lightweight clothing, in anticipation of unexpected emergencies.

– Try to keep your gas tank at least two-thirds full to prevent fuel line freezing and in preparation for possible lengthy delays on the roadway.

– Make sure a friend or relative is aware of your travel route.

– Carry a cell phone.

– Make sure your vehicle has an emergency care kit. It should include jumper cables, flares or reflectors, windshield washer fluid, an ice scraper, blankets, non-perishable food, a first aid kit, and traction material.

– Drive carefully. Allow plenty of time to get to your destination. Do not use cruise control.

– Give a wide berth to snow removal equipment.

– Bridges and exit and entrance ramps can be icy when other areas are not.

– Stopping in snow requires more braking distance than stopping on dry pavement – up to four times more distance. Leave plenty of distance between yourself and the vehicle ahead.

– Be visible. Dull, cloudy days reduce visibility – drive using low-beam headlights.

– Steer into the skid. Stay calm and ease your foot off the gas while carefully steering in the direction you want the front of your vehicle to go.

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