High Winds Across Northwest Ohio
BOWLING GREEN (Wednesday, March 08, 2017) - The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District Two reminds drivers that northwest Ohio is under a wind advisory. Due to the wind, some roads and highways are closed. Please check your routes on Ohgo.com or the Ohgo app to know before you go.
Additionally, ODOT would like to remind drivers of the following high wind driving safety tips:
∙ Keep your hands firmly on the wheel.
∙ Make steering corrections when driving from wind-protected areas to unprotected areas. The wind may suddenly move your car when traveling from a protected to unprotected area.
∙ Be aware of and maintain safe distances from other vehicles near you, particularly RVs, campers, trucks, buses, or trailers being towed. These vehicles could swing out and hit your car in sudden wind gusts.
∙ Take extra care in a high-profile vehicle such as trucks, vans, SUVs, or when towing a trailer, as these are more prone to being pushed or flipped by high winds.
∙ Watch for objects that could potentially blow into the roadway. Tree limbs may break and/or other debris may come loose during strong winds.
∙ Listen to the radio for changes in weather conditions that could create more dangerous driving.
∙ If winds are severe enough to prevent safe driving, pull over into a safe parking area (the shoulder of a busy roadway is not safe) and stop, making sure you are away from trees, power lines or other tall objects that could fall onto your vehicle.
In the event of downed power lines:
∙ Never drive over downed power lines. Even if they have been knocked over by the wind, high-voltage wires may still be energized and very dangerous.
∙ Avoid anything that may be touching downed lines, including vehicles or tree branches.
∙ Report downed lines to your local utility emergency center and to the police.
The Ohio Department of Transportation maintains the state's largest man-made asset--the transportation system. ODOT's mission is to provide the safe and easy movement of people and goods from place to place. As a $2.8 billion per year enterprise, ODOT invests the bulk of its resources in system preservation through maintenance, construction and snow and ice operations.
For more information contact:
The District Two Public Information Office at (419) 373-4428
or email D02.PIO@dot.ohio.gov