Snow & Ice Safety TipsJanuary 21st, 2014 at 5:49 pm by Tiffany Savona WAVY under Weather
First of all here is how much snow we are expecting to get:
If you are going to be driving tonight while the snow is falling make sure to take care while driving and getting around. Growing up in Minnesota taught me some great ways how to keep my car on the road, here are a few:
- Accelerate and Decelerate SLOWLY. This is where your tires need to grip the road surface and keep your car in control. If they lose grip, you may lose control of the car.
- Drive slowly, even if the road appears to be clear there may be ice.
- Remember to trust the vibration of the brake pedal if you have anti-lock brakes. The vibration is helping you stop! If you have an old vehicle without anti-lock brakes then you will need to pump the brakes. Remember, do not pump the brakes if you DO HAVE anti-lock brakes.
- When approaching turns remember to slow down before you enter the turn.
- Do not tailgate other drivers, give yourself plenty of room, 2-3 times the car length that you would normally give at any speed.
- Stay Home! If you don’t need to go out, Don’t! Wait for road conditions to improve.
Some pitfalls to watch out for:
- If you see a road that looks “wet” it may be ice.
- 4 Wheel drive or AWD will not help you on ice, it does help with traction in snow however.
- If you have a FWD car, remember to accelerate slowly from a stop.
- Ice on roads tends to more more often at stoplights. Remember that if you have to stop at a red light and start slowing early.
- If you have a green light, remember to look both ways before you accelerate. There may be a driver that cannot stop coming from another direction.
- Do not Text And Drive, Avoid answering phone calls or making calls when the conditions are poor. Keep your eyes on the road for any mishaps that may occur ahead.
If you are clearing the snow from your home sidewalk or driveway:
- Shovel and or sweep the snow before you apply salt and ice melt.
- Only apply ice melt to the sidewalks. The chemicals can kill grass and plants.
Don Slater & Tiffany Savona are tracking the snow tonight on WAVY TV 10. Jeremy Wheeler, Cheryl Tan and I will be tracking the conditions tomorrow morning starting at 4am.
Wind chills will be near 0 degrees tomorrow morning so remember to bundle up!
Drive and Walk slowly and stay safe and enjoy the rare snow across Hampton Roads!
Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson