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Winter Driving Safety

Posted on: 12/20/2017
By  Jesse Wharff
 
Althought we have not seen much yet, a large amount of snow is bound to hit the Mid-Ohio Valley sooner or later. The Ohio State Highway Patrol wants to make sure that when it does, people will be prepared.
 
Sgt. Garic Warner of the Highway Patrol said the most important thing to do to avoid accidents in the winter is to give yourself extra time.
 
"Any time you're dealing with inclement weather, just allow yourself some extra time to get from point A to B. You're not going to be able to dive there as quickly as you could if the roads were clear and dry," he said.
 
40 percent of crashes on ice and snow in Ohio last winter were caused by a failure to control the vehicle, and 21 percent of those accidents were speed related.
 
Although you may be familiar with the roads and their conditions, others around you may not be.
 
"Certainly this time of year you are going to see an influx of people not from the area and even if they are driving under the speed limit and following most of the laws, they don't know the bad areas like we do. They don't know where most crashes happen," Warner said.
 
The Highway Patrol also stresses the importance of checking your tires, batteries, wipers, and defroster before you go out this winter, because bad weather can come without warning.

Winter Driving Safety

With more snow coming our way, it is important to stay safe on the roads.

 

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