JAMESTOWN – AAA is partnering with the New York State Police to remind drivers of important safety tips and precautions ahead of Tuesday’s winter snowstorm.
Motorists traveling in areas heavily impacted by snow are recommended to leave with extra time to make a slow and careful drive to your destination. The groups say take into consideration snow accumulation, the current snowfall rate, the wind, and visibility.
Additionally, they say to stay up-to-date with the latest weather forecast before leaving.
Once at the car, drivers should clean and fully remove any snow and ice before getting behind the wheel. They also say it is important to keep a full tank of gas in case you get stuck in traffic.
Drivers should also keep winter clothing like gloves in their vehicle. Furthermore, a shovel, ice scraper and tow chain could also come in handy if the vehicle gets stuck.
When on the roads, be sure to brake early in order to give enough time to stop if the vehicle begins to slide. Police also say look out for events farther down the road. Creating more time to react can make a difference.
If you are involved in a crash, police say to stay in your vehicle and call 911. Roll your windows down a few inches or turn your vehicle off if you are stranded in snow for a period of time with your vehicle running. Covered mufflers can cause serious physical injury or death due to inhalation of carbon monoxide.
Overall, they agencies say use your best judgment to determine if it is safe to hit the roads.