Tips for Driving on Snow and Ice During a Central New York Winter
Snow - it comes every winter in central New York. But somehow, motorists forget how to drive safely on snow covered and slippery roads. Here's some tips to travel safe this season.
If you do go out, is your vehicle prepared? Is your trunk supplied to help you to be safe in case you are stopped or stranded in an area without assistance readily available.
If you drive off the road and are stuck in a snow bank or ditch, stay in your vehicle and call 911. DO NOT exit your vehicle unless it is an absolute emergency. You put yourself at risk of being struck by another vehicle.
Roll your windows down a few inches or turn your vehicle off if you are stranded in snow for a period of time with your vehicle running. Covered mufflers can cause serious physical injury or death due to inhalation of carbon monoxide.
If you should become stranded on the Thruway or any roadway, know your location by being aware of your direction and mile post marker. This will help emergency personnel reach your location as quick as possible.
The Thruway Authority provides a wide variety of information for travelers including current traffic conditions, accidents, and lane closures. Visit thruway.ny.gov for more information.