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Winter Driving - Focus on Safety. 1) Avoid risky driving behavior: Always avoid risky behavior such as texting or phone calls, speeding, or drug/alcohol use. These activities are always dangerous, but the risk is much higher in winter weather. 2) Prevent a bad situation from getting worse: If you're invovled in an accident, try to pull your vehicle off the road and use hazard lights, flares, reflectors or flashlights to warn other drivers. Stay off the road, dial 911, and wait for the police to arrive. These actions can help prevent multi-vehicle crashes in winter weather. 3) Wear your seatbelt: Accidents happen more frequently with wet and icy roads. Always wear your seatbelt and ensure everyone in your vehicle does the same, including young children in proper car seats.
Winter Driving - Know Before You Go. 1) Check road conditions: Call 511 or visit your state's DOT webpage to check on road conditions. Choose a different route or adjust your travel plans if road conditions are poor. 2) Pack an emergency supply kit: Stock your vehicle with a mobile phone, charger, batteries, blankets, flashlight, first-aid kit, high-calorie, non-perishable food, candle to melt snow for drinking water, sack of san or cat litter for traction, shovel, scraper, and battery booster cables. 3) Get the weather forecast: Change your travel plans if hazardous weather is expected. 4) Ready your vehicle: Check your battery, wipers, coolant, and other systems affected by cold temperature. Make sure your tires have good tread. Clear snow, ice or dirt from your windows, lights and camera.
Winter Driving - While On The Road. 1) Change the way you drive: Drive slower than normal and leave more room between you and surrounding vehicles when roads are wet, snowy, or icy. Do not use cruise control, brake quickly or take sharp turns. 2) Don't crowd the plow: The road behind an active plow is safer to drive on. Give them plenty of room to work and only pass when it is safe to do so. 3) Stay alert: Make sure you keep your gas tank over half full and keep a close eye on road conditions, which can change rapidly. On road trips, take breaks often so you can stay focused on the road.
Winter Travel - Road Trip Safety Tips. 1) Share your travel plans with friends or family. 2) Pack an emergency supply kit. 3) Winterize your vehicle. 4) Check road conditions. 5) Get the weather forecast.
What is a snow squall? Intense burst of snow and winds. Short duration (1-3 hours). Whiteout visibility. Rapidly deteriorating road conditions.
What is a Snow Squall Warning? Issued when a snow squall is occuring or happening in the near future. Small, targeted area. Typically in effect for 30-60 minutes. Similar to tornado or severe thunderstorm warnings.
Staying safe during a snow squall: 1) Have a way to get forecasts and warnings. 2) Consider an alternate route or delaying travel. 3) Stay alert for rapidly changing road conditions. 4) Watch for break lights ahead. 5) Reduce speed and use low beam headlights
Questions and Answers about Snow Squalls. What Are They? 1) Quick intense bursts of snow. 2) Accompanied by strong gusty winds. 3) Short-lived, typically less than 3 hours. 4) Normally occur during the day. What Are The Impacts? 1) Rapidly reduced visibility. 2) Treacherous travel conditions. 3) Potential for chain-reaction accidents. What's a snow squall warning? 1) Warning is usually 30-60 minutes in length. 2) Issued for small areas where snow squalls are expected. 3) Similar to a Tornado or Severe Thunderstorm Warning. How Can You Stay Safe? 1) Have a way to get forecasts and warnings. 2) Consider an alternate route or delaying travel. 3) Stay alert for rapidly changing road conditions. 4) Reduce speed and use low beam headlights.

 

 

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