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MECCA 911 Provides Winter Weather Driving Tips

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The Monongalia County Homeland Security & Emergency Management Agency (MECCA) 911 has provided winter driving tips for drivers during severe winter weather.

The tips include:

  • On ice and snow, take it slow.
  • Do not be the driver who shuts down the pass! Drive for conditions – slower speeds, slower acceleration, slower steering, and slower braking in winter conditions.
  • Use your headlights.
  • Don't use cruise control.
  • Four and all-wheel drive vehicles will not stop or steer better in icy conditions than two-wheel drive vehicles.
  • Leave extra room between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you. And remember, big trucks take longer to stop.
  • Slow down when approaching intersections, off-ramps, bridges, or shady spots.
  • If you find yourself behind a snowplow, stay behind it until it is safe to pass. Remember that a snowplow driver has a limited field of vision. Stay back (15 car lengths) until you're sure it is safe to pass or until the plow pulls off the road.
  • Slow down and be extra cautious near the chain-up and removal areas. There are often people out of their vehicles moving around.

MECCA 911 has also provided the following tips on how to prepare your vehicle before driving on hazardous roads:

  • Check or have a mechanic check the following items on your car:
    • Antifreeze levels - ensure they are sufficient to avoid freezing.
    • Battery and ignition system - should be in top condition and battery terminals should be clean.
    • Brakes - check for wear and fluid levels.
    • Exhaust system - check for leaks and crimped pipes and repair or replace as necessary. Carbon monoxide is deadly and usually gives no warning.
    • Fuel and air filters - replace and keep water out of the system by using additives and maintaining a full tank of gas.
    • Heater and defroster - ensure they work properly.
    • Lights and flashing hazard lights - check for serviceability.
    • Oil - check for level and weight. Heavier oils congeal more at low temperatures and do not lubricate as well.
    • Thermostat - ensure it works properly.
    • Windshield wiper equipment - repair any problems and maintain proper washer fluid level.
  • Install good winter tires. Make sure the tires have adequate tread. All-weather radials are usually adequate for most winter conditions. However, some jurisdictions require that to drive on their roads, vehicles must be equipped with chains or snow tires with studs.
  • Maintain at least a half tank of gas during the winter season.
  • Place a winter emergency kit in each car