Driving in Snow Safety Tips from Ottumwa Public Works as Snow Storm Moves In
OTTUMWA, Iowa (KYOU) - The first snow storm of the season can be a cause for many roadside accidents. KYOU’s Eric Monaghan spoke with Ottumwa’s Director of Public Works for some tips to stay safe while driving in snowy conditions.
With a predicted four to eight inches of snow barrelling down Tuesday night, Ottumwa Public Works is getting ready to clear the roads.
“All of our equipment is ready. we went through the checks, we’re ready to put blades on, we checked all the pumps...I mean we’re ready to go.”
But while Public Works may be ready, sometimes it can be a challenge for a driver to stay vigilant when driving in the first storm of the season.
“You always have the start of your season people slipping and sliding...they don’t anticipate far enough ahead in the slippier conditions.”
Especially, Seals says, on the north side of town.
“Those people just need to be more cautious than someone in on the South Side...in terms of stopping distance.”
And for a town called “Bridge City”...they can be some of the most dangerous places to drive on.
“When that stuff hits the bridge deck, it cools off and freezes first. So people are chugging along in the street and they have traction from ground warmth; they hit the bridge, it’s ice. So bridges are always the first thing to freeze.”
Of course, Seals says the best option is to stay home if possible during the storm, but if you have to head out, make sure you’re stopping way ahead of the stopsign, and giving enough space for all cars on the street.
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