Icy Roadways Continue to Cause Accidents, What to do Following One


It’s what every driver tries to steer clear of. You’re driving along on an icy road, and you suddenly lose control of the vehicle. In some cases, you may be able to correct and avoid catastrophe, but for a lot of drivers, this results in a crash. With snow and ice maintaining a constant presence in recent weeks, it’s important to know what to do in the event of a collision.

The state of Kentucky has a Quick Clearance Law, which means motorists should do the following:

* if no one is visibly injured, move your vehicle to the shoulder or off of the interstate or parkway
* call the police
* exchange information with the other party

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says if your vehicle is disabled as a result of the crash, you are still required to move your vehicle off of the roadway if possible and then turn on your emergency lights. If you are unable to move the vehicle, stand away from it. Request aid by tying something brightly colored to the antenna or window or raise the hood of the vehicle.

To avoid carbon monoxide poisoning if you are trapped in snow, keep the vehicle’s exhaust clear, run the vehicle with the windows partially open, and use the heating system for 10 minutes every hour.