Nichole Hannahs

Driving Safely in the Snow

by Nichole Hannahs on December 2, 2010 at 12:15 pm

The State Highway Patrol spent Thursday morning catching up on paperwork from traffic accidents caused by the winter weather.

In total Lt. Steven Rine of the Zanesville Post said they covered ten accidents Wednesday and two Thursday morning.

While many may realize to slow down when they see snow, what you can’t see may be worse and that causes some very slippery conditions.

"Let’s say the air temperature drops, concrete and pavement will drop a lot quicker than the ground. It might be that snow may not be frozen to the ground itself or dirt area, but concrete and paved surfaces, especially bridges and overpasses, they cool down a lot quicker than the standard ground," explained Lt. Rine.

That’s why the Patrol recommends leaving plenty of distance between cars and to drive between 5-10mph under the speed limit to give you a better chance of reacting.

"Don’t do your normal activities. If your going out to work and you usually talk on the cell phone or you’re doing something, just forgo that and pay attention," cautioned Rine.

And while seeing an accident on the roadway may turn your head, Lt. Rine said to not become distracted by the lights and the scene because that could cause another accident to occur.