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AAA has advice for drivers during cold, wintry weather

Posted 10 November 2017 at 12:39 pm

Press Release, AAA Western and Central New York

While Western and Central New Yorkers enjoyed warmer temperatures for longer than usual this year, snow and cold temperatures are now in the forecast and AAA Western and Central New York wants to make sure drivers are prepared for the cold weather.

Last week, the National Weather Service promoted Winter Weather Awareness Week, full of tips for battling through harsh weather. The most staggering statistic – 70 percent of injuries related to ice and snow occur in vehicles. Not surprisingly, 24 percent of weather-related crashes occur on snowy, slushy, or icy roads.

AAA WCNY’s top three winter driving tips include slowing down, increasing the space between yourself and other vehicles, and braking THEN turning.

Additional important notes: Stay with your car and remain calm should you find yourself in an emergency situation. Don’t hesitate to call 911.

If you haven’t done so already, AAA advises drivers to have their car battery checked, in addition to packing up an emergency kit to include the following:

  • Car charger for the mobile phone
  • Water/Snacks
  • Bag of abrasive material (sand, salt, cat litter) or traction mats
  • Snow shovel/Ice scraper/brush
  • Blankets/Warm clothing/Gloves, hats, scarves
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Winter window washer solvent
  • Jumper cables
  • Warning devices (flares or triangles)
  • Basic toolkit (screwdrivers, pliers, adjustable wrench)