12/7/2015 – 11:00 am
Though it’s been a mild fall, with winter approaching it is a good idea to remember some of the dangers when driving in winter weather. The Ohio State Patrol says that last winter there were over 24,000 crashes on snow, ice, or slush covered roadways, which while is a decrease, still resulted in over 6000 injuries and over 30 deaths. Most of these crashes were speed related.
The State Patrol reminds drivers to allow extra time to get where you need to be in the winter and maintain a safe distance between vehicles. Bridges and overpasses are particularly a concern due to the greater chance of ice forming on them.
If you should get stuck in snow, the patrol says that you need to make sure your tail pipe is free of all snow and debris to decrease your chance of carbon monoxide poisoning. Drivers are also encouraged to make sure their car is properly maintained, serviced and is in working order, and to prepare a kit in case of a car breakdown. A rundown of items for that car kit can be found below.
Cell phone with car charger
Road flares or reflectors
Help or Call Police signs
First Aid kid
Bottled water and energy foods
Candles and matches
Up-to-the-minute road conditions are always available on ODOT’s website at www.ohgo.com
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