Health department shares winter driving safety tips as next storm approaches
DOVER (WJER) (Feb. 2, 2022) – Tuscarawas County Health Department officials are encouraging those unable to ride out the approaching winter storm at home to be prepared for what they might encounter on the roads.
Director of Health Promotions and Community Relations Jennifer Demuth says if the forecast holds true, it will bring mostly rain until the temperature drops overnight, so it’s a good opportunity to fill up on gas and stock your vehicle with items you might need in an emergency. She recommends packing a shovel, broom, and jumper cables along with warning markers or brightly colored paper you can put on your car if you end up stuck in a snowdrift.
“Also, it’s good to have in your car blankets for protection from the cold. Also, a cell phone, a charger, a couple of bottles of water, some non-perishable food, and any necessary medicine because when a big storm happens like this, it’s possible you could become stranded on the side of the road.”
She says it’s always best to stay put when the roads are slick, but if that’s not possible try to head out early and take it slow.
“We can’t emphasize that enough. Go slowly. Allow plenty of distance between your vehicle and the vehicles around you because it is harder to control your vehicle and stop when you’re on a slick surface.”
Demuth also reminds drivers to give any snowplows they encounter plenty of space, since they travel slowly, make wide turns and exit the roads frequently. You can check the latest road conditions on the OH-Go website and app.
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