FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — Our next topic that we look at for Winter Weather Preparedness is winter weather travel safety.
The Indiana State Police remind drivers to adjust their speed based on road conditions and to leave extra space between cars for extra distance for stopping when roads are slippery.
It's best to keep it slow in ice and snow.
Today's #WinterPreparednessWeek tip is about a sneaky winter hazard. That first winter snowfall can catch us unaware of how different driving in snow can be versus fair weather driving and driving in rain.
Even a thin glaze of snow can create treacherous driving conditions. pic.twitter.com/rhkY6N1kn9
— NWS Northern Indiana (@NWSIWX) November 9, 2020
The Indiana Department of Transportation wants to make sure you stay a safe distance behind snowplows.
If salt is hitting your car, you're too close to the snowplow.
— NWS Indianapolis (@NWSIndianapolis) November 16, 2018
Snow and blowing snow can reduce visibility quickly.
And bridges and overpasses become icy first because of the cold air that passes underneath them.
Today's #WinterPreparednessWeek tip is about icy bridges. You’ve probably seen road signs advising that bridges freeze before roads, but do you know why? Having open air underneath the bridge means the cold air surrounds the bridge both above and below. https://t.co/E0YnPQcTcr pic.twitter.com/DiEsqO0qdb
— NWS Northern Indiana (@NWSIWX) November 10, 2020
But what happens when you're stranded by a blizzard?
INDOT says stay with your car because it provides protection from the cold and wind and keeps you dry.
Run the engine and heater just enough to keep the car warm, and keep the exhaust pipe clear of snow.
It's also important to keep a window slightly open so you can prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
You're also more likely to be found when you stay with your car versus going off to find shelter.
It can be very easy to get lost in a blinding snowstorm.
By walking a short distance, you can get damp clothes and bitter wind chills can lead to frostbite and hypothermia.
Add a bright color cloth to your radio antenna so the car is more visible.
Before you hit the road, it's best to take a look at what the travel status is for each county.
You can do that here.
— INDOT Northeast (@INDOTNortheast) November 10, 2020
On Wednesday, we take a look at school safety plans for winter weather.