According to a report by the American Highway Users Alliance, if Ohio’s transportation system were to shut down for one day due to a winter storm, the total economic impact would cause the state to lose more than $300 million in direct and indirect productivity.
If Ohio’s transportation system shut down for even just one day because of snow and ice, Ohio workers could lose out on as much as $200 million in wages and paychecks.
The report says snow-related shutdowns affect hourly workers the most. In all, Ohio workers could lose more than $205 million in direct and indirect wages, according to the research. Ohio would also lose vital tax revenue - as much as $11.4 million in state and local taxes, and $15 million in federal taxes - in just one day.
SLIPPERY WHEN WET!
First snow or ice - When the first snow falls, drivers often forget to take it slow. Remember to drive well below the posted speed limit and leave plenty of room between cars.
Black ice - Roads that seem dry may actually be slippery and dangerous. Take it slow when approaching intersections, off-ramps, bridges or shady areas - all are hot spots for black ice.
Limited visibility - When it snows, visibility is limited, especially at night. Reduce your speed!
Don't Crowd The Plow!
Distance - Give snowplows room to work! The plows are wide and can cross the centerline or shoulder. Don't tailgate and try not to pass. If you must pass, use extreme caution and beware of the snow cloud.
Speed - Snowplows travel below the posted speed limit - Be Patient.
Vision - A snowplow operator's field of vision is restricted. You may see them, but they don't always see you. Keep your lights on and a safe distance - snowplows make sudden stops and turns.
KNO B4 U GO!
- Before leaving home, find out the driving conditions by visiting www.buckeyetraffic.org
. Smart drivers know the weather, and their limits.
Clear - Remove as much snow from your vehicle as possible - especially from the window, lights and signals - it makes you more visible to other drivers and snowplow operators.
Inspect - Check your vehicle's tires, wiper blades, fluids, belts, and hoses.
Time - Leave plenty of time to reach your destination safely. Inform work, daycare, school, or others that you may be late due to road conditions.