Winter Tidbits Part 3: Take it slow in ice, snow

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MANCHESTER — Since October, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) District 11 crews have been inspecting snow plows, calibrating salt-spreading equipment and developing snowstorm response procedures to keep District 11’s state roads passable during inclement weather.

Today’s tidbit is to take it slow in ice and snow.

During winter weather conditions, motorists are reminded to use caution and remember the following safety tips:

• Drive carefully. Allow plenty of time to get to your destination. Do not use cruise control. Remember that bridges and exit and entrance ramps can be icy when other areas are not.

• Leave a “space cushion.” Leave enough room between you and the car in front of you because stopping in snow may require up to four times your normal stopping distance.

• Be seen. Dull, cloudy days will cut down on visibility so drive using low-beam headlights.

• Steer into a skid. Stay calm and ease your foot off the gas while carefully steering in the direction you want the front of your vehicle to go.

• Practice driving. During daylight, rehearse maneuvers slowly on ice or snow in an empty lot.

Drive safely near snow plows

• Be patient. Don’t pass the plow. If it’s safe, the plow will pull over and let you pass.

• Be aware. A snowplow is slow moving, and may create snow clouds that can cause zero visibility.

• Stay back.Give the plow and our snow-removal professionals room to work.

Throughout the snow season, which runs from November to March, highway response teams across Kentucky serve weekly on-call rotations. The teams monitor weather reports when snow is in the forecast and determine when to activate the state’s arsenal of snow-fighting equipment, including more than 1,000 snow plows.

Motorists are reminded to give a wide berth to plows, salt trucks and other snow-clearing heavy equipment. To be effective in dispersing de-icing material, trucks tend to travel at a slower speed. Also, snow plows may create a snow cloud which can cause a white out or zero visibility condition, so keep a safe distance away from the trucks.

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