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01 March 2018
Troop A- Tips from NYSP and AAA WCNY for driving in Snow and Ice
NEW YORK STATE POLICE
Major Edward J. Kennedy
Troop A Commander
In preparation for the anticipated winter weather storm from March 1-2, 2018 the State Police and AAA Western and Central NY encourage motorists to exercise due care when traveling.
The State Police will be out across the region checking all major routes of travel to ensure that motorists are as safe as possible. The State Police are putting additional patrols out for the anticipated weather conditions to assist motorists. The State Police need your assistance to make this possible. Motorists traveling in areas impacted by the snow are asked to leave with extra time to make a slow and careful drive to your destination. Take into consideration snow accumulation on the roads, the current snowfall rate, the wind, and visibility. Use your best judgment to determine if driving is prudent.
Keep the following tips in mind:
AAA Basic Winter Driving Tips:
“As we get our first dose of winter weather, motorists should prepare their cars and pack an emergency roadside kit complete with a cell phone charger or power bank. It’s important to use winter driving skills as slick roads create dangerous situations,” said Elizabeth Carey, public relations director at AAA WCNY. “During storm conditions, AAA will prioritize emergencies when responding to service calls. We urge all drivers to obey all travel advisories and use caution when traveling.”
If you do go out, is your vehicle prepared?
If you are involved in a Collision or leave the roadway:
If you drive off the roadway and are stuck in a snow bank or ditch, stay in your vehicle and call 911. DO NOT exit your vehicle unless it is an absolute emergency. You put yourself at risk of being struck by another vehicle.
Roll your windows down a few inches or turn your vehicle off if you are stranded in snow for a period of time with your vehicle running. Covered mufflers can cause serious physical injury or death due to inhalation of carbon monoxide.
If you should become stranded on the Thruway or any Roadway, know your location by being aware of your direction and mile post marker. This will help emergency personnel reach your location as quick as possible.
Follow the New York State Police's Twitter page @nyspolice for up to the minute information on road closures and weather alerts.
The Thruway Authority provides a wide variety of information for travelers including current traffic conditions, accidents, and lane closures. Visit www.thruway.ny.gov for more information.
Slow down. Be prepared. Be safe.
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