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Winter Weather Advisory: Tips for Safe Driving

With areas north of the Ohio River expecting up to 3 inches of snow overnight it'll be a slick start to the day, but Evansville has salt trucks at the ready to ensure the morning commute is as safe as can be.

Posted: Feb 8, 2021 10:59 PM
Updated: Feb 9, 2021 3:49 PM

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for most of the Tri-State as the region braces for a week of freezing conditions.

The Evansville area has 12 routes with trucks that respond to those routes accordingly, said Todd Robertson, executive director of the city's Department of Transportation and Services.

As of Monday, INDOT Southwest has more than 100 yellow trucks out across the region working to keeps roadways safe.

With areas north of the Ohio River expecting up to 3 inches of snow overnight it'll be a slick start to the day, but Evansville has salt trucks at the ready to ensure the morning commute is as safe as can be.

"We've scheduled some to come in earlier in preparation to try and make the roads ready for patrons to go to work," Robertson said. "But if it comes in earlier, then we'll call them in earlier."

With the possibility of freezing rain in the forecast, icy road conditions can be more dangerous.

"I'm not too worried about it because I live five minutes from work but the roads probably are going to get real bad tonight," Evansville resident Christopher Burkean said. "So the people who do have long commutes, I would tell them to drive extra safe."

That's a word of advice echoed by city officials.

"If you're traveling in inclement weather always remember that bridges freeze first, use caution, slow down," Robertson said.

If you can, stay home and off the roads, but for those braving those wintry conditions, make room for salt trucks on the roads and be sure not to "Crowd the Plow".

"If you see them out there be courteous to them, because all they're really trying to do, they're not trying to throw salt on your vehicle," Robertson said. "They're just trying to make it passable for all the patrons out there, so just give them plenty of room to do the work."

In addition to driving slowly and making room for those yellow trucks on the road, try to have a winter emergency kit in your car in case you find yourself in a worst case scenario.

Emergency kits can include:

  • Phone chargers
  • Blankets, mittens, hand warmers and a hat
  • A bag of sand or cat litter for traction
  • A small shovel to clear around tires or exhaust
  • Non-perishable food and bottled water
  • A spare gallon of gas
  • A flashlight and extra batteries
  • Jumper cables
  • Ice scraper and snow brush

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