BUFFALO, NY -
The first snow of the season has arrived. Every year, although sometimes monotonous, it's important to remember your winter driving safety tips
We've all seen it before. Snow is here and this is just the start. For the next few months it can only get worse. That's why it's important to remember things you can do to stay safe on the roads.
Trooper James O’Callaghan, Public Information Officer with the NYS Troopers told News 4, “We have winter approaching. A lot of times, especially the first snowfall, state police and local law enforcement agencies deal with a lot of car collisions.”
O'Callahan has been on the force for many years. Every year he sees the same thing. Western New Yorkers become over confident on the roads and sometimes forget the obvious, especially in scary weather situations. He says there are 2 basic things you can do to stay protected. O’Callaghan stated, “The simple things you can do are make sure your tires are newer or at least have a good amount of tread. That's going to save you a lot of grief especially as snow builds up on the roadways. The other big thing you can do is slow down.”
Slowing down is key. Especially when going on roads like the skyway. He shared, “The first thing that is going to freeze up, even if there is no snow on the ground, are the overpasses and bridges. There is nothing underneath to keep them warm, so even if the road is normal the bridge decks can be icy.”
Even if you take all precautions on the roads, others may not, so accidents are inevitable. O’Callaghan says one of the biggest mistakes you can make is getting out of your car after a collision. He says, “If you slid off the road there is a good chance the next vehicle might slide off the road. You don't want to get hit by a vehicle or motorist because they're losing control. Call 911, roll your window down half way in case of carbon monoxide fumes, and wait for law enforcement or tow agency to arrive.”
While waiting in your car, having a few items with you will help make it not so painful. He says the most important items you should have in your car are jumper cable and blankets.
Here's to a safe and snowy winter!