KYTC: Highway crews to report early Fri. morning
LEXINGTON, Ky. (KYTC) – KYTC District 7 highway crews and contractors in Central KY will report at 4:00 and 5:00 a.m. tomorrow morning. Both contractors and state forces will be ready, mobilized and present at their routes prior to the snow falling.
The KYTC District 7 Office in Lexington will continue to monitor weather conditions and forecasts. Every winter event is different and presents varied challenges including; air and pavement temperatures, timing of the snowfall and ice.
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Tips for driving in snow & ice:
• Avoid nonessential travel if conditions are dangerous.
• Make sure your vehicle is sufficiently winterized – check the battery, antifreeze level, heater, defroster, wipers and windshield washer. Check the forecast and call 511 or visit 511.ky.gov for the latest condition reports before traveling.
• 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 to prepare 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, nonperishable 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.
• Remember that 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. Make sure to put plenty of distance between yourself and the vehicle ahead.
• Be visible. Dull, cloudy days will cut down on visibility, so 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.