When rain turns to snow for the first time, it serves as a reminder people that it is now time to break out the winter coats, boots, and mittens. This also serves as a reminder to drivers that they must drive safely in such conditions, remembering how to react to certain road conditions.
The Ohio Department of Transportation is ‘Working for Winter’ to ensure that snow and ice doesn’t affect our state.
ODOT has posted the below tips for drivers as they prepare for winter weather conditions.
Slippery When Wet!
- First snow or ice – drivers often forget to take it slow. Remember to drive well below the posted speed limit and leave plenty of room between cars.
- Black ice – roads that seem dry may actually be slippery and dangerous. Take it slow at intersections, off-ramps, bridges or shady area – all are hot spots for black ice.
- Limited visibility – when it snows, visibility is limited, especially at night. Reduce your speed!
Don’t Crowd the Plow!
- Distance – give snowplows room to work! The plows are wide and can cross the centerline or shoulder. Don’t tailgate and try not to pass. If you must pass, use extreme caution and beware of the snow cloud.
- Speed – snowplows travel below the posted speed limit – be patient.
- Vision – a snowplow operator’s field of vision is restricted. You may seem them, but they don’t always see you. Keep your lights on and a safe distance – snowplows make sudden stops and turns.
Know B4 U Go!
- Knowledge – Before leaving home, find out the driving conditions. Smart drivers know the weather, and their limits.
- Clear – remove as much snow from your vehicle as possible – especially from the window, lights and signals – it makes you more visible to other drivers and snowplow operators.
- Inspect – check your vehicle’s tires, wiper blades, fluids, belts and hoses.
- Time – leave plenty of time to reach your destination safely. Inform work, daycare, school, or others that you may be late due to road conditions.
Our office wishes that all of our readers will be prepared for this season of winter weather driving. Accidents are greatly influenced by the conditions of the roadway. Defensive driving is imperative to keep yourself safe and others on the roadways.
If you have any questions about the legal side of accidents that occur during winter weather, call a skilled attorney today.