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Reminder: Use caution when driving on slick roads

It's that time of year when you need to scrape ice off your car before hopping on the road.

Posted: Nov 15, 2018 4:26 PM
Updated: Nov 16, 2018 6:29 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- It's that time of year when you need to scrape ice off your car before hopping on the road.

"Make sure you clean off your windshield, your windows, your mirrors, your headlights and your taillights, people forget about those," said INDOT Fort Wayne District Media Relations Director Nichole Thomas.

If your taillights are covered in snow, nobody can see you break. Also, don't forget to scrape off the roof of your car.

"Once we have those roads cleaned up, that snow flying off your roof could land on the road and cause a slick spot for people behind you," said Thomas.

INDOT has dispatched its yellow plows onto 140 snow plow routes to salt the streets.

"We'll be in the trucks until the roads are dry and safe and ready for travel," said Thomas.

If you see one of INDOT's trucks make sure you use caution if you have to pass one on the road. Passing a snow plow is not recommended.

"If you do have to pass one of those plows we ask that you do so on the left, because the right is where we're pushing that snow. our plows will be pushing that into the median. If you were to try to pass them on the right you would run directly into that snow drift and then potentially their plow," said Thomas.

Thomas says that the number one cause of a crash in the winter is not the actual weather conditions, it's people driving too fast on slick roads.

"The speed limit is set for ideal conditions. Today is not ideal."

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