CINCINNATI, Oh. (November 10, 2019) – AAA is urging tri-state drivers to keep preparation at the top of their minds in anticipation of the first snow of the season.
According to the National Weather Service, rain will move into the tri-state area Monday afternoon and turn to snow into Tuesday morning.
Even the slightest bit of snow can cause driving issues for travelers. According to research by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, winter storms, bad weather and sloppy road conditions are a factor in nearly half a million crashes and more than 2,000 road deaths every winter. AAA urges drivers to be cautious while driving in adverse weather.
"Driving in snow always comes with a learning curve," says Jenifer Moore, AAA spokeswoman. “If you have to be out on the roads, remember to drive with caution and give road crews plenty of room to do their job safely.”
AAA Tips for Driving in Snow and Ice:
- Remove all snow from vehicle, including roof, hood, and trunk. While driving, snow can blow off a car onto the windshield of a nearby vehicle, temporary blinding that driver’s vision.
- Slow down. Adjust your speed to the road conditions and leave yourself ample room to stop. Allow at least three times more space than usual between you and the car in front of you. Accelerate, turn and brake gradually.
- Do not tailgate. Normal following distances of three to four seconds on dry pavement should be a minimum of five to six seconds when driving on slippery surfaces. The extra time will provide additional braking room should a sudden stop become necessary.
- Never use cruise control on slippery roads, as you lose the ability to transfer more weight to the front tire by simply lifting off the accelerator. A driver should always be in full control of their vehicle during poor road conditions.
- Avoid unnecessary lane changes. This increases the chances of hitting a patch of ice between lanes that could cause loss of vehicle traction.
- Minimize the need to brake on ice. If you’re approaching a stop sign, traffic light or other area where ice often forms, brake early on clear pavement to reduce speed. Vehicle control is much more difficult when braking on ice-covered roadways.
Car Care is Key
The AAA Roadside Rescue Team has received more than 1,600 requests for assistance in the last 72 hours as cold temperatures have caused battery and other vehicle mechanical issues.
AAA urges motorists to prepare by getting a vehicle check, fill up the gas tank and pack a vehicle emergency kit.
“No one ever plans to get stuck,” continues Moore. “Preparation can make all the difference, as a typical 15-minute drive could take much longer, especially during morning rush hour traffic.”
Winter Vehicle Emergency Kit
Motorists are advised to pack a winter emergency kit now to stow in the trunk of their vehicle to have immediately available should the need arise. More than 40 percent of motorists do not carry an emergency kit in their vehicle, cautions AAA.
- Emergency kit items to include – deicer, shovel, ice scraper, sand or kitty litter (for traction)
- Pack a blanket, extra gloves and hat, heavy coat – if you’re stuck on the road for an extended period of time you’ll need to stay warm, especially if your vehicle is not running
- Pack snacks, beverages, etc. – have them packed by the door to take in the morning (so they don’t freeze in the car overnight)
- Charge your cell phone – have a backup power source for the car in case you’re stuck for a while
- Make sure your windshield wipers and lights (headlights, taillights, turn signals) are working properly – make sure you can see and can be seen
- Keep at least a half tank of gas
Making sure your membership is active or joining AAA is important and as simple as going to www.AAA.com.
AAA provides automotive, travel, and insurance services to 60 million members nationwide and nearly two and a half million members in Ohio. AAA advocates for the safety and mobility of its members and has been committed to outstanding road service for more than 100 years. AAA is a non-stock, non-profit corporation working on behalf of motorists, who can now map a route, find local gas prices, discover discounts, book a hotel, and track their roadside assistance service with the AAA Mobile app (AAA.com/mobile) for iPhone, iPad and Android. For more information, visit www.AAA.com.