Kentucky District 7 crews as well as Lexington city road crews have reported to patrol and spot treat routes as necessary. The main roads are reported as wet and slushy — while side roads are covered and slick.
Motorists should remember during winter months:
- Asphalt and concrete may become slick as temperatures decline during late afternoons/evenings and early morning hours.
- Black ice can form on previously treated routes
Tips for driving in snow & ice for the winter season:
- Avoid nonessential travel if conditions are dangerous.
- Check the forecast and plan ahead for your trip.
- Make sure your vehicle is sufficiently winterized – check the battery, antifreeze level, heater, defroster, wipers and windshield washer.
- Dress warmly for the weather – in layers of loose-fitting, lightweight clothing, in anticipation of unexpected emergencies.
- Try to keep your gas tank at least two-thirds full to prevent fuel line freezing and in preparation for possible lengthy delays on the roadway.
- Make sure a friend or relative is aware of your travel route.
- Carry a cell phone.
- Make sure your vehicle has an emergency care kit. It should include jumper cables, flares or reflectors, windshield washer fluid, an ice scraper, blankets, nonperishable food, a first aid kit, and traction material.
- Drive carefully. Allow plenty of time to get to your destination. Do not use cruise control.
- Give a wide berth to snow removal equipment.
- Bridges and exit and entrance ramps can be icy when other areas are not.
- Stopping in snow requires more braking distance than stopping on dry pavement – up to four times more distance. Leave plenty of distance between yourself and the vehicle ahead.
- Be visible. Dull, cloudy days reduce visibility – drive using low-beam headlights.
- Steer into the skid. Stay calm and ease your foot off the gas while carefully steering in the direction you want the front of your vehicle to go.