CINCINNATI - Frigid temperatures and a chance of snow in the Tri-State can cause slick roads around the area and several agencies are offering advice to keep you safe.
Snow and extreme cold are a bad combination even if the roads are treated. The snow could melt and refreeze causing some icy spots.
Tri-State residents may want to prepare for a couple rounds of snow this week, with the first one arriving by Wednesday evening with some light accumulations possible. For the full forecast, go to wcpo.com/forecast .
The Ohio State patrol offered some advice on how to stay safe during snowy drives. They recommend reducing your speed, wearing your seat belt, avoiding sudden starts and stops, being aware of meteorological conditions around you and leaving a little extra room between you and the vehicle in front of you.
AAA suggests keeping an emergency kit in your vehicle including a blanket, water, food, kitty litter and a flashlight with extra batteries. Also, AAA recommends making sure your cell phone is charged when you head out the door during bad weather.
What if you lose visibility while driving?
If it’s just “run of the mill” snow showers, turn on your head lights so others can see you. Turn off your cruise control and reduce speed. Don’t slam on the brakes, and try to avoid sudden starts or stops.
If visibility is reduced due to heavy snow and you’re having a hard time seeing where you’re driving, safely and slowly pull off to the side of the road. Be sure to turn off your lights and keep your foot off the brake. Drivers behind you could see your lights and think you are on the road. They could follow you and slam right into you.
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