The New York State Police from Troop K, covering Columbia, Dutchess, Putnam and Westchester Counties, would like to remind motorist to use extreme caution when traveling the roadways during this snow storm.
This winter weather event has made roadways slick and unpredictable, especially in the Columbia County area where police have received numerous reports of weather related collisions.
If you must travel: Motorists are reminded to Slow down.
Always allow extra time for your commute.
Leave extra space between you and the vehicle in front of you.
Make sure your car is stocked with survival gear like blankets, shovel, flashlight with batteries, extra warm clothing, snacks, jumper cables, and tire chains if you have them. An extra bottle of washer fluid should also be available.
Keep your gas tank as full as possible in the event that you are stranded or stuck in traffic.
Plan ahead by checking your tires for quality tread and proper inflation.
Keep your cell phone battery charged and keep it with you whenever traveling. If you should become stranded, you will be able to call for help, advising rescuers of your location.
Make sure someone knows your travel plans and routes.
For road conditions, traffic, travel and transit info, use http://511ny.org/
Follow road closures and weather alerts on http://www.nyalert.gov/