ADOT Offers Tips for Winter Driving

Snow along State Route 89A in Oak Creek Canyon. | Jennifer Austin

Now that winter weather is in full swing in Northern Arizona, it's a good time to brush up on some good ways to stay safe when you're traveling in the snow.

The Arizona Department of Transportation notes that sometimes, the best option is to put off travel when snow is falling. This allows ADOT's snowplows to clear state highways — a task that becomes much harder when crashes occur on the road. Keep an eye on weather conditions by calling 511, visiting az511.gov or following ADOT on Twitter at @ArizonaDOT.

If you can't wait to travel until the winter storm is over, ADOT says you should prepare for possibly being delayed or stranded on the road. Wear warm clothing and pack an emergency kit. That kit should include blankets, healthy snacks, water, cat litter or sand for traction, a first-aid kit (including all necessary medications), and a fully charged cellphone.

Additionally, ADOT says you should make sure your car is in good working conditions. Consider using snow tires, chains or studded tires for driving on snowy or icy roads.

Most importantly, the department recommends you slow down and leave extra space between your car and the car in front of you. Give ADOT's snowplows room to work, and remember that when it's snowing, the safest place on a highway is a safe distance (at least four car lengths) behind a snowplow.

For more tips on winter driving, visit ADOT's Know Snow website.

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