Valuable safety tips for winter driving in Kentucky
It’s never too early to prepare for winter. When there is snow or ice, we know we can count on crews working around the clock to clear the roads for our safety. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet offers valuable advice to help us prepare for inclement weather. Find out what you need to know to ensure a safe trip.
Although the weather in Kentucky is nothing like the weather I endured when I lived in northern Michigan, it can still get worse. Especially on city or county roads or highways for those who have to travel. Winters are harsh in Michigan and luckily we don’t often get weather like this in Kentucky. But, when we do, we are blessed with excellent road crews to keep us safe.
Kentucky Road Crews ready for bad weather
Kentucky plow and plow crews are trained, prepared, and ready to tackle winter conditions on the state highways. There is a fleet of more than 1,365 state-owned and contracted snowplow trucks on standby to work through the night and into the morning when needed. Crews have a tough job and often don’t get the recognition they deserve, but we can help them by being safe on the roads where they work.
KYTC maintains most of the roads, streets and bridges that are part of the national highway system. Examples include highways, parkways, and US road designations.
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Travel Tips
Winter storms can derail your travel plans, so it’s important to be prepared. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has offered these important tips to keep you and your family safe while traveling.
• Travel only when necessary during major snow events.
• Stock vehicles with ice scrapers, jumper cables, blankets, flashlight, cell phone charger, non-perishable snacks and a first aid kit in case you get stuck on the road.
• Winterize vehicles. Have your car’s battery, tire pressure and brakes checked. Make sure your heater, defroster, headlights, and windshield wipers are working properly.
• When there is snow and/or ice on the roads, drive slowly, regardless of the type of vehicle you are in. It takes more time and distance to stop your vehicle in bad weather conditions, so brake early and slow.
• Pay attention to weather advisories and allow extra time for daily trips.
• Slow down when approaching intersections, exit ramps, bridges or shaded areas. These are all candidates for the formation of black ice – a thin layer of clear ice that can form on the surface of the roadway and can be difficult to see.
• Maintain a safe distance from snowplows and other heavy road equipment and do not overtake snowplows on the shoulder.
• Find out before you go. Download the free WAZE app or visit goky.ky.gov to check traffic conditions before you travel. The card also offers access to certain traffic cameras on highways and parkways.
• Eliminate distractions while driving (for example, using a phone and eating).
Being prepared for winter driving will give you peace of mind when you hit the road. Especially during vacation trips to visit family and friends. Be careful!
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