Archive for Sunday, January 9, 2011

Overnight accumulation affects driving conditions

January 9, 2011

Northeast Kansas roadway conditions are wet/slushy in Johnson, Leavenworth and Wyandotte counties and partly to completely snowpacked in Douglas, Brown, Nemaha, Marshall and Pottawatomie counties, the Kansas Department of Transportation is reporting. Remaining Northeast Kansas counties did not receive the snowfall overnight and the roadway conditions in these counties are normal. 

Driving tips for inclement winter weather:

  1. Take it slow.
  2. Allow plenty of extra drive time.
  3. Watch for icy/slick spots on the roadway; don’t assume that if the pavement looks clear, that it is.
  4. Buckle up every passenger, every time.
  5. If stranded, stay in your vehicle and call 47 on a state highway/interstate route (any highway that begins with I-, K-, and U.S.-), KTA on the Kansas Turnpike, or 911 at anytime.

For travel during winter storms, drivers should use caution, allow plenty of driving time, buckle up (every passenger, every time) and be sure to turn on their headlights, and turn off their cruise control. Drivers should also provide for a safe distance or cushion between themselves and vehicles ahead of them. 

KDOT also remind drivers to stay a safe distance back from KDOT snow plows, and if drivers should pass the snow plows, to be extra careful and allow plenty of room as the trucks do travel slower than surrounding traffic.

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