Transportation Cabinet Treating Roads, Offer Winter Driving Tips

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District 7 personnel have been spot treating routes Friday for specific counties as necessary. Motorists should remember that asphalt, and concrete may become slick as temperatures decline. In addition, black ice can form on previously treated routes.

Tips for driving in snow & ice for the winter season:

  • 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, 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. 
  • 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.