PCFD Responded to multiple car accidents, on Highway 40 this morning ( 11.27.23), due to slick road conditions. There were no injuries from the accidents.
This is a reminder of the importance of driving safely in winter conditions.
Give yourself extra time to reach your destination.
Clear off all the snow and ice from the outside of your vehicle. Don’t forget mirror, windows, lights and both windshields.
Allow more room between you and the vehicle in front of you.
Common winter driving problems
Fishtailing is a type of skidding that occurs when the back wheels of a vehicle lose traction and slide instead of gripping the road. This can result in oversteering and spinning out if not handled properly.
If you begin fishtailing, follow these corrective actions:
· Drive slowly into the direction of the skid, starting the correction immediately upon sliding.
· Remove your foot from the brake pedal to reduce speed.
Black ice is a thin ice layer, often unseen, that glazes a surface. Although it’s not actually black, it’s slick and almost transparent, allowing the black tops of highways to show through.
Use these tips to navigate safely when driving on black ice:
· Drive slowly and change into a low gear to gain more control as you drive.
· Drive through areas that give more traction. Such areas include snow-covered spots, sandy areas and textured ice.
· Maintain a safe distance between your car and other vehicles.
· Don’t pump your brakes and avoid stopping if you can.
· Never drive in dangerous icy conditions with cruise control active.
Following these tips on driving in winter weather can help keep you, passengers, and other drivers safe. Better still, if the weather is bad, stay home and avoid driving in such conditions.