Get ready New York for Icy hazerdous roads
Winter is approaching and so is unpredictable weather. The East Coast, New York State, has over the years seen some snowy, icy, miserable conditions.
Stormy and icy conditions cause hazardous driving conditions that end in catastrophic vehicle accidents. New York drivers need to prepare for snowy and icy roads, as the unpredictable winter season approaches.
New Yorkers Beware Hazardous Winter Road Conditions
Combine hazardous weather and icy roads combined with multiple cars, you’ve got a recipe for disaster. Drivers traveling on icy roads can loose control of their vehicle by skidding or losing traction.
A car becomes like a pinball, slip and sliding in every direction. And we all know there’s always those drivers that no matter what the weather conditions maybe they believe themselves to either be pro racers or just invincible despite the possibility accident, injury or even death.
Protect Yourself – Plan Ahead
Prepare for driving in winter weather. Check reported driving conditions online and confirm local snowplows and salt trucks will be in your area. Find out the safest route to where ever your traveling, even if it means taking a longer route. Better safe then sorry!
Make sure your headlights, windshield wipers, defrosters, turn signals and seat belts are in working order during bad weather.
Be safe and drive at a speed that is controllable while keeping a safe distance from other vehicles. If your vehicle does skid, keep cool don’t panic. Take your foot off the brake or the gas pedal and steer your car in the opposite direction that the car is skidding.
Winter Road Treatment and Snow Removal
New York State Thruway Authority (Authority) primary weapon to fight roadway icing is rock salt. The Authority maintains covered storage capacity for approximately 128,100 tons of dry de-icing materials in 38 locations strategically placed along the Thruway. Bulk storage tanks located across the system also provide storage capacity for approximately 100,000 gallons of liquid de-icers.
Pre-treatment of the pavement with liquid de-icing chemicals is also used in some locations in response to a predicted winter storm event. The Authority’s trucks are equipped with automatic spreader control systems that adjust the application rate of de-icing materials to the speed of the vehicle. In addition, many trucks are also equipped with de-icing liquid that can be added to the salt as it is applied to the pavement, increasing effectiveness under certain conditions.
Weather forecasting information from professional meteorological services is also provided to all Authority maintenance sections and the Thruway Statewide Operations Center (TSOC). Field personnel use local resources to fine tune weather forecasts and responses. In addition, there are temperature sensors in each plow truck, in most supervisor vehicles, and at more than 40 locations Thruway-wide that provide pavement temperature and air temperature data to maintenance managers and supervisors. This data is used in conjunction with direct observations, staff reports and weather forecast information to manage snow and ice control operations more effectively.
Steps to Winterize your car for safe travel
1. Get an oil change
2. Replace windshield Wipers
3. Make sure your battery is corrosion free
4. Get your belts and hoses checked
5. Check your tire pressure
6. Consider snow tires
7. Check your 4WD systems to make sure its working properly
8. Equip your vehicle with 50-50 mix of antifreeze (coolant) and water inside your radiator
9. Always travel with an emergency kit just in case.
Vehicle emergency kit should include:
- a blanket
- extra boots and gloves
- an extra set of warm clothes
- extra water and food, including hard candies
- an ice scraper
- a small shovel
- a flashlight
- windshield washer fluid
- windshield wipers
- jumper cables
- a tool kit
- tire chains
- a tire gauge
- a spare tire with air in it
- tire-changing equipment
- a first-aid kit
- paper towels
- Keep a bag of sand, salt or non-clumping kitty litter, which can provide additional traction if a tire gets stuck in snow.
- Keep the gas tank as full as you can to prevent the gas lines from freezing.
Protect yourself in the winter by dressing for the cold. Consider a warm winter jacket and boots, lined gloves or mittens, and a thick hat and scarf.Just in case your stranded or your car becomes lodged in a snow bank put an extra blanket or two in the truck. Keep you cell phone charged in case you may have to make an emergency call for help
What to do after an accident
Even if you followed these guidelines and were a safe driver, you may still find yourself in a car crash this winter. Stay in your vehicle unless your absolutely sure that it is safe to exit. If you were rear ended by another and have been injured, stay where you are until medics can get to you. Depending on your condition after an accident, try to keep a level head and note as much detail of the accident as possible.
The last and most important step is contacting a New York personal injury attorney experienced in car accidents. The right NY attorney will be able to get you the right amount of compensation to help you recover for your pain and suffering and pay any medical bills. Get free advice at 800-535-5029.