Winter driving tips from state police
MADISONVILLE, KY —
With wintry weather in the forecast, Kentucky State Police has released a list of tips to help you stay safe if you have to hit the road.
Trooper Stu Recke said in a news release Tuesday that KSP is asking drivers to keep an eye out for possibly stranded drivers. Recke says to call 911 or KSP at 1-800-222-5555 if you see someone stranded.
Here are KSP’s tips:
- Avoid travel unless necessary when winter weather is in your area.
- If you do have to travel, call 511 for current road conditions.
- Slow down.
- Always wear your seat belt.
- Leave early – allow more travel time; expect delays.
- Increase distance between vehicles – it takes significantly longer to stop on snow covered or icy roadways.
- Clear all windows on your vehicle prior to travel – having unobstructed vision is vital to avoid running off of the road or having a collision.
- Turn on your vehicle’s headlamps. Remove any dirt, mud or snow.
- Use caution on bridges and overpasses; they are susceptible to freezing before roadways.
- Avoid using cruise control – cruise control can cause the vehicle’s wheels to continue turning on a slippery surface when speed needs to be decreased. Same goes with diesel vehicles equipped with an engine exhaust brake.
- Ensure your vehicle has a full tank of gas in the event you are stranded for an extended period of time.
- Charge your cellular phone prior to departure and keep a charger in your vehicle.
- Take a blanket.
- Notify a family member or a friend of your travel plans prior to departure – if your travel is interrupted, someone will know.
- Be patient – bad weather also limits the capabilities of law enforcement officers and emergency crews and increases response time. Also, keep in mind that they 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 a blind 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.