AAA and police advise drivers of winter driving tips before upcoming storm

We're used to driving in the snow in Erie, but when the first snow falls, sometimes it's easy to forget the safety tips we should implement during winter weather.

With the threat of the first snowfall this season come some reminders tonight about hitting the roads with snow and ice on the ground.  AAA says there are a few simple rules to follow:  accelerate and decelerate slowly, drive slowly, and leave an 8-10 second gap between you and other vehicles.  They also advise to know your brakes and not to stop if you can avoid it.  Don't power up hills, and stay home if the weather conditions look too dangerous.

They're reminding drivers to consider snow tires and also to keep a basic winter survival kit for yourself:  a flashlight, batteries, blanket, snacks, water, gloves, boots, and first-aid kit.  Also, have a survival kit for your car:  tire chains, ice scraper, jumper cables, and road flares.

Trooper Cindy Ownes advises if you get stuck, "first thing is, don't get out of your vehicle.  When you're walking around that's more dangerous to yourself, especially on the interstates with the winds blowing and the snow blowing... people can't see; visibility bad up there, as it is with a snowstorm. So, stay in your vehicle, put your four-way flashers on, and call police to come and respond".
 


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