Town of Cortland, NY

May 28, 2017
6:15 PM

Highway Division  
Winter Driving Safety Tips  
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 Winter Driving Safety Tips 

To make this a safer winter for you and your family:

  • Slow down on ice and snow, and allow for more stopping distance.
  • Give snow plows plenty of room to operate.
  • When driving, allow more stopping distance between cars. It takes 3-12 times more distance to stop on icy or snowy roads. Avoid making last minute decisions.
  • Shovel your sidewalks (if any) by noon after a snowfall.
  • Do not push snow into the street. This is dangerous and is a violation of town code.
  • Teach your children to be extra careful around traffic.

    Snow plows are wider than one traffic lane

  • You can avoid getting squeezed on the road (and avoid limited visibility caused by flying snow and ice) by not passing snow plows.

    Spreader trucks have spinners which distribute traction materials across two lanes of traffic.

  • Stay at least 3 - 4 car lengths behind spreader trucks to avoid windshield damage.

    Spreader trucks weigh up to 54,000 pounds when loaded.   Because the trucks are heavy, they drive slowly.

  • When you are behind a spreader truck, allow for adequate stopping distance.  Try to stay 3 to 4 car lengths behind spreader trucks.

    Using buses, trains or carpools during snow storms reduces the number of vehicles on the roadways, and gives snow plows and spreader trucks more room in which to operate.

  • You will also save wear and tear on your car, avoid the stress of driving, and probably enjoy the winter scenery much more!

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