NYS Police give winter storm tips

New York State Police / MGN

JAMESTOWN, NY (WNY News Now) – The New York State Police are advising motorists to be prepared for the upcoming winter storm event in Western New York.

Troopers will be out checking all major routes of travel to ensure that motorists are as safe as possible, but they are asking for the public’s assistance to make this happen.  

Motorists traveling in areas impacted by the snow and ice are asked to leave with extra time to make a slow and careful drive to your destination. Use your best judgment to determine if driving is safe. 

Tips to keep in mind: 

  • Get the latest weather forecast before leaving with your local weather apps, monitor radio or TV stations.
  • Always clean your windows and mirrors fully of any snow and ice before driving.
  • Keep a full tank of gas and check that fluid levels are sufficient.
  • Use headlights at all times to increase your visibility to others.  Remember, if your windshield wipers are in use, your headlights must be on.
  • Brake early.
  • Look out for events farther down the road.  Creating more time to react can make a difference.
  • Be aware of maintenance and emergency vehicles. Give them room to work.
  • If you do not absolutely have to go out on the roads, don’t.

If you do go out, is your vehicle prepared?

  • Is your trunk supplied to help you to be safe in case you are stopped or stranded in an area without assistance readily available?
    • Gloves, blankets, warmers, tool kit, first-aid kit, non-perishable foods, water, working flashlight and batteries, cell phone charger, etc.
    • Shovel, ice scraper, de-icer, snow brush, rock salt or cat litter, tow chain or cable, jumper cables or battery charger, etc.

If you are involved in a Collision or leave the roadway:

  • If you drive off the roadway and are stuck in a snowbank or ditch, stay in your vehicle and call 911.  DO NOT exit your vehicle unless it is an absolute emergency. 
  • Roll your windows down a few inches or turn your vehicle off if you are stranded in the snow for a period of time with your vehicle running. Covered mufflers can cause death due to inhalation of carbon monoxide.
  • If you should become stranded, know your location by being aware of your direction and mile post marker.  This will help emergency personnel reach your location as quickly as possible. 


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