COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State Highway Patrol has some tips for safe driving in wintry conditions.
From December 2011 through March 2012, the patrol says 15,526 crashes occurred on snow-, ice- or slush-covered roadways, killing 27 people and injuring 4,529.
Speed was a factor in 72 percent of the crashes, the patrol said.
In the event of inclement weather, the Patrol is urging motorists to allow extra time to get to their destination, maintain a safe distance between their vehicle and the traffic ahead, pay close attention to bridges and overpasses, as they are often the first to freeze over, and to drive slowly, as everything including accelerating, turning and braking, take longer on snow-covered roadways.
If you get stuck in snow: make sure that your tail pipe is free of all snow and debris to decrease your chance of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Prepare for winter driving by ensuring that the battery, cooling system, tires, wipers and defroster are all in working order.
Drivers are also encouraged to carry the following winter car kit items in their vehicle in case of a breakdown:
Cell phone with car charger
Road flares or reflectors
Help or Call Police signs
First aid kit
Bottled water and energy foods
Candles and matches