OSHP Reminding Drivers To Prepare For Winter Weather

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is urging drivers to winterize their vehicles and to follow safe driving tips when navigating snowy and icy conditions.

The Highway Patrol says ever-changing weather patterns in the winter can catch drivers off guard and you can reduce the risks of being involved in a crash by ensuring your vehicle is ready for the season and by adopting winter driving techniques.

“When driving conditions worsen, motorists need drive carefully, be vigilant, aware and patient,” said Lt. Matt Crow Findlay Post Commander.

“Slow down and give yourself extra time and space to brake and turn. If you are stranded, remain calm.”

If your vehicle breaks down or you are involved in a crash, turn on your hazard lights, move your vehicle as far off the roadway as possible, remain in the vehicle, and call #677.

The Highway Patrol reminds drivers to stock their vehicles with a winter car kit that includes an ice scraper, shovel, jumper cables, flashlight, warning devices, blankets, cell phone charger, first aid kit, tow rope, water, and food for longer trips.

It is also important to ensure your tires have plenty of tread, check your battery, and keep your windshield washer reservoir full.

Last winter, there were 14,724 crashes on snow, ice or slush-covered roads in Ohio.

These crashes resulted in 26 fatal crashes, which killed 33 people.

Unsafe speed by the at-fault driver was the reported cause of 24 percent of the crashes on snow, ice or slush covered roads.

Before traveling in winter weather, clear the snow and ice from your windows, headlights, and taillights of your vehicle.

Also, allow defrosters time to work so you can see.

Once you begin driving, go slow and increase following distances; bridges, ramps, and overpasses will freeze first.

The Highway Patrol reminds motorists that Ohio law requires headlights to be on at any time when the windshield wipers of the vehicle are in use.

If your vehicle becomes stuck in snow, clear the tailpipe free of all snow and debris to decrease the chance of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Below is a video from last February of some snowy conditions in Findlay.