Over the next few days our area is expecting winter weather that may lead to hazardous driving and outdoor walking conditions. Please use extreme caution and stay safe.
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AAA recommends the following tips while driving in snowy and icy conditions:
Cold Weather Driving Tips
- Keep a bundle of cold-weather gear in your car, such as extra food and water, warm clothing, a flashlight, a windo scraper, blankets, medications, and more.
- Make certain your tires are properly inflated and have plenty of tread.
- Keep at least half a tank of fuel in your vehicle at all times.
- Never warm up a vehicle in an enclosed area, such as a garage.
- Do not use cruise control when driving on any slippery surface, such as on ice and snow.
Tips for Driving in Snow or Ice
- Stay home. Only go out if necessary. Even if you can drive well in bad weather, it’s better to avoid taking unnecessary risks by venturing out.
- Drive slowly. Always adjust your speed down to account for lower traction when driving on snow or ice.
- Accelerate and decelerate slowly. Apply the gas slowly to regain traction and avoid skids. Don’t try to get moving in a hurry and take time to slow down for a stoplight. Remember: It takes longer to slow down on icy roads.
- Increase your following distance to five to six seconds. This increased margin of safety will provide the longer distance needed if you have to stop.
- Know your brakes. Whether you have antilock brakes or not, keep the heel of your foot on the floor and use the ball of your foot to apply firm, steady pressure on the brake pedal.
- Don’t stop if you can avoid it. There’s a big difference in the amount of inertia it takes to start moving from a full stop versus how much it takes to get moving while still rolling. If you can slow down enough to keep rolling until a traffic light changes, do it.
- Don’t power up hills. Applying extra gas on snow-covered roads will just make your wheels spin. Try to get a little inertia going before you reach the hill and let that inertia carry you to the top. As you reach the crest of the hill, reduce your speed and proceed downhill slowly.
- Don’t stop going up a hill. There’s nothing worse than trying to get moving up a hill on an icy road. Get some inertia going on a flat roadway before you take on the hill.
Winter Slip/ Trip/Fall Prevention
- Use special care when getting in and out of vehicles. Try to park your vehicle in a clear area and watch where you step as you get in or out.
Snow and ice can build up between parked vehicles in lots under continuous use. Beware of icy conditions between parked cars!
- Keep you arms and hand free.
Avoid walking with your hands in your pockets to help with balance. Avoid carrying items if at all possible.
- Scan the path six or more feet ahead of you for trip hazards.
Make sure your route ahead is clear of hazards such as rocks, clumps of snow, or a stray branch.
- Walk slowly and take small steps.
Walk slowly and take small steps to help you maintain your balance and lessen the danger of your feet slipping out from beneath you.
- Wear appropriate winter footwear that has slip-resistant soles.
As the name indicates, slip-resistant soles lessen your chance of slipping on ice, snow, or water.
- DON’T RUSH! Give yourself sufficient time to get where you need to go.
Whether walking or driving, leave your current location early in case roads and sidewalks are covered with snow and ice.
- If you do happen to slip, try to avoid using your arms to break your fall.
Also, if you fall backward, tuck your chin into your chest to prevent hitting your head against the ground.
- Watch out for black ice when walking.
- Black ice from freezing mists or from snow melting and refreezing can form very quickly. If not, find another route to take.
- Use your vehicle for support when entering and exiting.
If you’re parked in a potentially slick area, be sure to hold onto your car when entering and exiting so you can maintain your balance.
- When entering a building, be sure to wipe your feet.
Removing as much snow and water as possible from your shoes will decrease your chance of slipping when walking around inside.
- REPORT SLIPPERY CONDITIONS!
Call engineering during normal business hours or Security on off shifts to report the location of slippery conditions!