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State Police Provide Motorists With Winter Driving Tips

State Police have issued advice to help motorists stay safe on the road during winter-driving conditions.
State Police have issued advice to help motorists stay safe on the road during winter-driving conditions. Photo Credit: File photo

With winter weather on its way, Major Charles Guess of the New York State Police, is asking motorists to remember to keep safe on the roads.

"Winter hazards can be the most dangerous of all driving situations we face. More people are involved in crashes during the winter months than any other time of the year," Guess said in a release.

Winter driving hazards include snow, ice, cold temperatures, and limited visibility. "There are a number of actions that each one of us as motor vehicle operators can take to make winter driving safer for ourselves, and those with whom we share the road," Guess added.

Drivers should ensure that their vehicle has been inspected, to assure the following items are in good working order.

  • Antifreeze
  • Windshield wipers and non-freezing windshield wash
  • Headlights and tail lamps
  • Heater and defroster
  • All hoses and belts
  • Tires, good tread is a must.
  • Battery and alternator
  • Engine oil
  • Jack, lug wrench, and spare tire.

Police also suggest that drivers have an engine tune up and the brakes and exhaust checked.

There are still some roadways in New York state, where the cell phone coverage is spotty at best. In some areas where there is poor cell service, such as Interstate 87, New York State provides emergency call boxes. The call boxes are located approximately two miles apart, both north and southbound, from Warren County north to Canada.

In the event you became stranded on the roadway without cell service, the following items could be instrumental:

  • Blanket or sleeping bag
  • Flashlight
  • Warm gloves and hand warmers
  • Flares
  • First aid kit
  • Hat or knit cap
  • Insulated foot wear
  • Shovel
  • Bag of Salt
  • Tow rope
  • Ice scraper and snow brush

Prior to departing for a road trip in the winter, drivers should carefully plan their trip. Check the weather forecast for the different points along the route.

Drivers should know that most accidents happen during the hours of 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Statistics also indicate that most accidents happen on the weekend, from Friday to Sunday.

“I hope by following these tips we can reduce the number of accidents and the number of people injured on the roads of New York State. I wish everyone a safe and happy winter season,” Guess said.

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