Morning Commute Could Be Messy and Dangerous, Here Are 5 Safe Driving Tips
Winter is officially here! There is a winter weather advisory in effect until 1 pm Friday. The cities of Warsaw, Orchard Park, and Springville are expected to get hit with a little bit of a snowstorm, according to Weather.gov,
Lake effect snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 3 to 5 inches in the most persistent lake snows. The majority of the snow will occur tonight inland across the Boston Hills and the higher terrain of Wyoming county.
The National Weather Service warns drivers that the roads and driving conditions could be dangerous,
Plan on snow covered and slippery road conditions and poor visibility at times. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning commute Friday.
There's another storm expected to hit Thanksgiving also.
Here are some safety tips for driving in the snow from Triple A, if you have to go out tomorrow,
- Drive Slow. It seems like a given, but countless times I've seen people flying by on snow-covered roads. You may find out too late that there's black ice on the road
- Know Your Brakes. I'm not going to lie, I had crappy brakes for a while that were in desperate need of replacing, and driving in snowy conditions was a huge hazard. If you know your brakes are "no bueno," try as hard as possible to avoid driving in wintery weather.
- Accelerate and Decelerate Slowly. There's no need to try to hit 60 miles per hour, right as the stoplight turns green. On the flip side, don't try to stop on a dime when the light turns red. If the light is green, approach it cautiously, knowing it could change in a second.
- Increase Your Following Distance. A snowstorm is not the time to get close enough to the car in front of you that you can read all of their bumper stickers through the sheet of snow coming down. Fall back, as they say.
- Use Your Gears. If you drive an automatic, you can downshift your vehicle to gain better control on icy or snowy roads.
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