KYTC issues cold weather driving tips

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HENDERSON, Ky. (WEHT) – The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has issued driving tips since inclement weather has been forecasted for Monday afternoon with temperatures dropping into the teens by early Tuesday morning.

Officials with the KYTC say with the possibility of icy roads, drivers should use reduced speeds and remember overpasses and bridges will freeze first.

Here’s some tips from the KYTC to prepare for winter and remain safe.

  • Pay attention to weather advisories. Weather will impact your commute on some level.
  • Travel only as necessary during major snow events. It’s better to be stuck at home than to be stuck on the road.
  • Maintain a safe distance from snowplows and other heavy highway equipment.
  • Do not pass snowplows on the shoulder.
  • Allow time for a slower commute.
  • Winterize vehicles.
  • Stock vehicles with blankets, flash light and an emergency supply kit.
  • Know before you go. Visit goky.ky.gov and download the free Waze app to check traffic conditions before you travel.
  • Eliminate distractions (e.g. using phone and eating) while driving.
  • Cooperate with the expectations of the Quick Clearance law, which requires drivers to move vehicles to the shoulder in the event of a non-injury crash.

The Cabinet’s snow and ice information website has maps of priority routes, as well as and videos on salt application and snow removal.

The public can monitor Transportation Cabinet winter operations in real time on the state’s interactive traffic system to find out what’s happening on state routes in their local counties.

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(This story was originally published on November 10, 2019)

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