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ODOT’s Equipment is ready for Ice and Snow: Is Yours?

CLEVELAND (Friday, November 27, 2009) With snow on the ground this ‘Black Friday,’ the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) reminds motorists in Ice and Snow…Take it Slow.

ODOT spent most of October readying its fleet of snow-clearing equipment and highly-trained crews for the 2009-2010 Winter Season.  Now, ODOT is asking Ohio motorists if their vehicles are ready for safe driving during winter weather. 

“Driving in winter weather requires preparation,” ODOT Director Jolene M. Molitoris said. ODOT safety experts suggest that motorists can commit to do their part by driving at a safe speed for the conditions, avoid following too closely and by planning ahead for unfavorable conditions.

  • Knowledge:  Before leaving home, find out about the driving conditions.  Safe drivers know the weather, and their limits.  If the weather is bad remember, Ice and Snow, Take it Slow, or just don’t go.
  • Clear:  Remove any snow on your vehicle’s windows, lights, brake lights and signals.  Make sure you can see and be seen.
  • Inspect:  Check your vehicle’s tires, wiper blades, fluids, lights, belts and hoses.  A breakdown is bad on a good day and dangerous on a bad-weather day.
  • Time:  Leave plenty of time to reach your destination safely.  It’s not worth putting yourself and others in a dangerous situation just to be on time.

Last winter there were 44,725 crashes on Ohio’s roads; 3,415 people were injured and 80 people were killed. Excessive speed and following too closely rank as two of the main factors in crashes.

ODOT reminds motorists to slow down when approaching intersections, off-ramps, bridges or shady spots, because these are prime locations for black ice – a thin coating of clear ice that can form on the pavement surface during the overnight hours and can be difficult to see.

Winter driving conditions can change from mile to mile and minute to minute. And the first storm is often the worst, because many motorists don’t remember the winter driving skills they developed the previous year. ODOT’s best advice: in Ice and Snow…Take it Slow.

Know Before You Go: Up-to-the-minute road conditions are always available by logging onto BuckeyeTraffic.org.  During events, road conditions are updated as often as necessary, with information such as current weather, roadway surface temperature, general roadway conditions, traffic speed, and how many ODOT trucks are working in the area. 

 

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For more information, contact your local ODOT District 12 Communications Office at 216.584.2006.