8 Tips from State Troopers For Anyone Who Has to Drive in Snow or Ice
State Troopers with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency urged motorists to drive with extreme caution if they must be on the road Tuesday, as forecasts predict significant snowfall with increasing certainty.
Senior Trooper Reginal King said Monday that ALEA encourages drivers to stay off the road if possible, but anyone who must drive should expect roadways to be icy.
The Agency offered these eight tips for motorists ahead of the winter weather expected across the state this week.
• Monitor local news for information on weather conditions and travel advisories, and check road conditions (available at alea.gov under “News & Alerts.”
• Report traffic crashes or other emergencies by calling 911.
• Remain alert for emergency vehicles, and remember to obey Alabama’s “move over” law, which includes emergency vehicles.
• Keep vehicles in good operating condition. Check antifreeze levels and use windshield washer solution suitable for freezing weather conditions. Keep gas tanks at least half full.
• Remember weather and roadway conditions may quickly change. Adapt speeds to existing roadway conditions, and be alert to changing weather and the possibility of icy, slippery roads.
• Turn on headlights and windshield wipers, and maintain a safe distance between your vehicle and other vehicles during inclement weather.
• Pay particular attention to bridges and overpasses, which have a tendency to develop hazardous “black ice.”
• Keep blankets, first aid kit, charged cell phone and other emergency supplies in your vehicle.