FORT WAYNE — The weather is sliding into that time of year when the snow and ice could affect road conditions.
The Indiana State Police offered a few safety tips on maneuvering slick conditions in a news release issued this week.
- Prior to pulling out of the driveway, make sure that the driver will be able to see clearly by clearing all of their windows of ice, snow or debris.
- To maximize the traction that vehicles will have with the surface of the road, check the pressure of the tires to ensure that they are inflated to the manufacturer’s recommendations.
- Leaving for a destination earlier than normal is also recommended.
- Adjusting speed to fit the road conditions is one of the most important actions that anyone can take to keep themselves and those around the vehicle safer.
- Slowing down to below the speed limit is encouraged when the roads become snow and/ or ice-covered.
- Also, create distance between the vehicle behind and the vehicle ahead of your vehicle. This will help give drivers more stopping distance in cases where sudden braking is needed.
- By using these tips and a little common sense, drivers can decrease the chances of becoming one of many that will be involved in a fender bender during these cold months.
For up-to-date road and weather information, motorists are encouraged to tune to local television and/or radio stations. Another source of information is the National Weather Service; this link http://www.crh.noaa.gov/ind/ will take visitors directly to the current Indiana weather information. Motorists may also contact the Indiana Department of Transportation Road and Weather line at (800) 261-7623 or visit the Indiana Department of Transportation website at www.trafficwise.in.gov.