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News Release

Kentucky State Police Urges Motorists to Prepare for Winter Weather

Date of News Release: 1/11/2017

HICKORY, KY (January 10, 2018) – With the possibility of winter weather moving into the Western Kentucky region over the next two days, Kentucky State Police is cautioning motorists to be prepared for hazardous driving conditions. Winter driving can present unique challenges such as slick roadways, reduced visibility, and freezing temperatures. If unprepared, these can lead to deadly consequences.

To meet the challenges of the upcoming winter weather driving season, KSP reminds drivers to plan ahead, make sure all passengers are properly restrained, drive defensively and ensure their vehicle is properly maintained to handle the effects of cold temperatures.

Other safe winter travel tips include:
• Check road and weather conditions before you leave by visiting https://transportation.ky.gov/site/GoKY/home
• Reduce speed in wintery conditions
• Leave early, allow more travel time, and expect delays
• Increase distance between vehicles – the ability to stop is significantly affected on snow covered or icy roadways
• Clear all windows on your vehicle prior to travel – having unobstructed vision is vital to avoid running off of the road or having a collision
• Ensure your windshield washer fluid is full and that you use an anti-ice solution
• Turn on your vehicle’s headlights
• Use caution on bridges and overpasses as they are susceptible to freezing before roadways
• Avoid using cruise control – it can cause your vehicle’s wheel to continue turning on a slippery surface
• Ensure your vehicle has a full tank of gas in the event you are stranded for an extended period of time
• Charge your cellular phone prior to departure
• Dress warmly and keep a blanket in the vehicle

If you get stranded, staying in your vehicle is often the safest choice. If stranded, follow these tips:
• Tie a brightly colored cloth to the antenna as a signal to rescuers
• Move anything you need from the trunk into the passenger area
• Wrap your entire body, including your head, in blankets, or extra clothing
• Stay awake, you will be less vulnerable to cold-related health problems
• Run the motor (and heater) for about 10 minutes per hour, opening one window slightly to let air in. Make sure snow is not blocking the exhaust pipe as this will reduce the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning
• As you sit, keep moving your arms and legs to improve your circulation and stay warmer
• Do not eat un-melted snow, it will lower your body temperature

KSP is also asking travelers to observe for stranded motorists. If you see or suspect that someone is stranded, contact KSP at 1-800-222-5555.

KSP utilizes several social media applications to disseminate pertinent, real-time winter weather information. These applications include Twitter, Facebook, and the KSP Mobile App.