LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - As the first blast of winter weather hits WAVE Country, Kentucky State Police are advising drivers to be careful in the poor weather conditions.
KSP encourages motorists to avoid venturing out in winter weather, but offer these tips for those who do have to brave the slick roads.
- Clear all windows and mirrors – having unobstructed vision is vital for time/distance management and to avoid having a collision.
- Leave early – allow more travel time; expect some delays as well as temporary road closures. Anticipate normal travel time to be up to five times longer (depending).
- Increase distance between vehicles – it takes significantly longer to stop on snow and ice cover roadways.
- Use extreme caution on bridges and over passes – also peaks and valleys as well as shady areas typically hold spots of black ice.
- Do not use cruise control (or exhaust engine brakes for trucks) – cruise control can cause the vehicle’s wheels to continue turning on a slick surface, hence causing the vehicle to lose control.
- Approach intersections with great care - other drivers not paying attention will slide through red lights.
- Signal all lane changes and turning movements - for other motorist to react to your anticipated actions.
- Have a full tank of fuel – In the event of a collision or being stranded, it will take emergency personal longer response times. With frigid temperatures, having enough fuel to keep warm is paramount!
- Have a vehicle cell phone charger and a blanket.
- Notify a family member or friend of your travel plans and intended travel routes.
COLLISION/SLIDE OFF INFORMATION:
- Be patient – bad weather also limits the capabilities of law enforcement officers and other emergency services. Also, keep in mind we will be experiencing a high volume of requests for service.
- Attempt to move your vehicle out of the roadway if you are involved in a minor, non-injury traffic collision; especially if you are in a dangerous area such as a curve or blinding hill.
- If your vehicle is stranded or wrecked but not in the roadway, attempts to recover your vehicle will have to wait until conditions improve for safety considerations.
KSP is also reminding motorists of Kentucky's Move Over Law that states motorists must change lanes away from the emergency or utility vehicle if they can do so safely, or slow down when changing lanes isn't possible. The Move Over Law includes police vehicles, ambulances, fire trucks and rescue equipment, highway incident-response vehicles, highway work vehicles, snow plows, and tow trucks.
Driving tips by Kentucky State Police - Post 16.