The recent spring-like weather may have you feeling carefree but AAA is reminding drivers that winter is still upon us and the threat of slick roadways is still very real.
A mix of rain and snow, coupled with wind and much colder temperatures arrives tonight into tomorrow, making for a potentially slippery Friday morning commute.
“Sometimes the slipperiest and most dangerous roads only have a light coating of snow” says Amy Parmenter, spokesperson for AAA in greater Hartford. “Even though it comes on the heels of some delightfully warm weather, it’s important that drivers don’t discount what is at risk and take precautions accordingly”.
Just a coating of snow led to a multi-car pile up on I-91 earlier in the season.
With that in mind, AAA is urging motorists to be alert, aware and allow extra time Friday morning.
Each year, over 1,300 people are killed and more than 116,800 people are injured in vehicle crashes on snowy, slushy, or icy pavements.
AAA advises motorists to be cautious when driving in winter conditions and offers the following safety tips:
Finally, always have an emergency car kit in your vehicle. In the winter, this kit should include: a bag of abrasive material (sand, salt, cat litter) or traction mats, snow shovel, flashlight with extra batteries, window washer solvent, ice scraper with brush, jumper cables, extra warm clothing (gloves, hats, scarves), blankets, warning devices (flares or triangles), drinking water, non-perishable snacks for both human and pet passengers, first-aid kit, basic toolkit (screwdrivers, pliers, adjustable wrench), a mobile phone pre-programmed with rescue apps and important phone numbers including family and emergency services and charger.
For more winter driving tips, including a downloadable guide to How to Go on Ice and Snow, visit http://exchange.aaa.com/safety/roadway-safety/winter-driving-tips/
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