The flurries haven't dropped a lot of snow, but they have come in a relentless stream. That coats the roads with fresh layers of flakes—and makes for unpredictable driving.
Living in northeast
First, Sgt. Ron Galaviz says, after pulling completely off the road, leave your car running.
“Keep yourself warm, keep the battery charging, keep the fluids moving in the car,” said Galaviz. “That way, you're not shutting it off and then not being able to start it again because then you've put yourself in a worse predicament.”
Second, make sure other drivers can clearly see you.
“Keep your four-way hazard lights on, and make sure to keep your tail lights clear of built-up snow,” said Galaviz.
Third, call someone to let them know where you are. Galaviz says many people don't do this.
“People are expecting you, and if you don't arrive when you're supposed to be there, then they start calling local law enforcement agencies,” said Galaviz. “If they don't know where you're at, we sure don't know where you're at either.”
Plus, Galaviz says it's important to remember that in a snowstorm, your car can be your best friend.
“Don't get out of the car and walk away from it because your car is your very best source of protection in very inclement situations in which you have to pull off the side of the road,” said Galaviz.
And, of course, the age-old tips still apply for winter driving: don’t follow too closely, and slow down.
You can check road conditions before you head out. Between December 1 and March 31, call 1-800-261-ROAD (7623) or visit www.TrafficWise.in.gov.