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Madison County Sheriffs Office Advises Motorists To Drive Safely This Winter

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Wampsville, NY (WIBX) - In honor of Winter Weather Awareness Week, the Madison County Sheriff’s Department is making sure everyone is prepared.

The group advises all drivers to start preparing now by getting batteries checked, replacing wipers and checking anti-freeze.

Madison County Undersheriff John Ball also suggests motorists plan extra time for travel, wait until snow plows have cleared the road and to never overestimate driving ability.

All of their tips can be found below.

 

PREPARE:

Maintain Your Car: Check battery, tire tread, and windshield wipers, keep your
windows clear, put no-freeze fluid in the washer reservoir, and check your antifreeze. If you use studded
snow tires, NYS allows use only between the time period of October 15 until May 1.

Have On Hand: flashlight, jumper cables, abrasive material (sand, kitty litter, even
floor mats), shovel, snow brush and ice scraper, warning devices (like flares) and
blankets. For long trips, add food and water, medication and cell phone.

Stopped or Stalled? Stay in your car, don’t overexert, put bright markers on antenna or windows and shine dome light, and, if you run your car, clear exhaust pipe and run it just enough to stay warm.

Plan Your route: Allow plenty of time (check the weather and leave early if
necessary), be familiar with the maps/ directions, and let others know your route
and arrival time.

Practice Cold Weather Driving!
* During the daylight, rehearse maneuvers slowly on ice or snow in an empty lot.
* Steer into a skid.
* Know what your brakes will do: stomp on antilock brakes, pump on non-antilock
brakes.
* Stopping distances are longer on water-covered ice and ice.
* Don’t idle for a long time with the windows up or in an enclosed space.

PROTECT YOURSELF
* Buckle up and use child safety seats properly.
* Never place a rear-facing infant seat in front of an air bag.
* Children 12 and under are much safer in the back seat.

PREVENT CRASHES
* Drugs and alcohol never mix with driving. If you are planning to drink, designate a sober driver.
* Slow down and increase distances between cars.
* Keep your eyes open for pedestrians walking in the road.
* Avoid fatigue – Get plenty of rest before the trip, stop at least every three hours,
and rotate drivers if possible.

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