Ice and snow…take it slow!
ODOT Crews Battling Winter Storm; Motorists Reminded Of Need For Additional Caution
Chillicothe (Monday, December 13, 2010) – Crews from the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) continue working this morning to clear the roads; however, ODOT is reminding drivers of the best advice for driving in winter weather: in “Ice and Snow: Take it Slow” - slower speeds, slower acceleration, slower steering and slower braking.
Currently, routes in District 9’s eight-county region remain mostly snow covered, with some clearing or “wheel tracks” on four-lane routes and primary two-lane routes. However, blowing and drifting snow continues to cover cleared sections of roadways, and ice is likely to be present on pavement that is clear and wet.
While the crews’ efforts will continue throughout the day, motorists are urged to practice safe driving winter skills, and they are reminded to proceed with caution and heed the following:
Speed & Distance – The faster you’re going, the longer it will take you to stop; excessive speed continues to be one of the leading factors for crashes in ice and snow.
Brake – Brake early, brake slowly and brake correctly; never slam on your brakes.
Vision – Be aware of what’s going on well ahead of you; actions by other drivers will alert you to problems more quickly.
Motorists are also advised to be especially cautious when traveling over bridges and overpasses, which are likely to freeze more quickly than the roadway. It also important to note that visibility can be reduced significantly during inclement weather, and travel conditions can change from mile to mile and minute to minute.
Being a careful and informed driver is the best way for motorists to travel safely. Driver safety tips can be found online at www.dot.state.oh.us by clicking on the “Ice and Snow” logo, and motorists can also learn about crew activity and travel information before leaving home or work by logging on to www.buckeyetraffic.org.
For more information contact:
Kathleen Fuller, Public Information Officer, at 1-740-774-8834 or via email at D09.PIO@dot.state.oh.us