TIPS FOR DRIVING IN THE SNOW FROM MIDDLEBURG HEIGHTS CHIEF OF POLICE, JOHN MADDOX:

 

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Anytime and every time you get into your vehicle, always wear your seat belt. Drive slowly!  Always keep a safe distance from the vehicles in front of you (double the distance you normally would).  Tailgating is the fifth leading cause of auto collisions according to the US Department of Public Safety.Make sure your windshield wipers are in good shape. Always thoroughly remove ice and snow from your windshield wipers¾ before you begin driving. Clean off your car – entirely! Make sure every glass surface is clear and transparent by using a snowbrush and/or ice scraper. Your side-view mirrors, and all all lights should be brushed and cleared as well Clean your headlights whether you’re planning on driving at night or during the day. This will help you see traffic signals, pedestrians, and oncoming drivers.It also allows them to see you. Make sure your visibility is good. When you know ahead of time that a storm is coming; be prepared and be sure to top off washer and antifreeze fluids. Make certain your tires are properly inflated. Keep your gas tank full or at least half-full to avoid gas line freeze-up. Put a few sandbags directly over the rear axle (IF AND ONLY IF) you have a rear-drive vehicle. This extra weight will increase the traction of the rear wheels. Please don’t leave your car unattended to defrost and heat up.  If you leave the motor running and you’re not in it, you can get a ticket. Remember intersections, are often extremely icy so do not rely on being able to come to a stop in your normal bare pavement zone. Don’t accelerate while turning! Avoid driving while you’re tired. Do not use cruise control when driving on any slippery surface (wet, ice, sand). Never warm up a vehicle in an enclosed area, such as a garage. Make sure you have some basic supplies in your car in case you do get stuck in the snow. Some of these include; a snowbrush and an ice scraper and extra windshield washer fluid. It’s a smart idea to always have a blanket, a few snacks and a flashlight in your car.  Also, if you have any winter clothes you don’t wear anymore, throw them in the trunk, too. Keep your cell phone fully charged in case you need to call for an emergency. Let someone know where you are planning to go and the route you are going to take before you leave for your destination in bad weather.  Always let that same person know when you have arrived at your destination If you don’t have somewhere you must be…stay home.  Even if you can drive well in the snow, not everyone else can.  Please drive safe, be cautious, and don’t tempt fate!