Driving tips to keep motorists safe during wintry conditions

Driving tips to keep motorists safe during wintry conditions

BOSSIER PARISH, LA (KSLA) - Bossier deputies are monitoring the wintry weather heading in Northwest Louisiana and want to give motorists safety tips to stay safe.

The National Weather Service says roads and bridges could become extremely slick with an anticipated snow accumulation of one to three inches.

Here are some safety tips for driving in wintry weather:

  • Do not get on the roadways unless absolutely necessary. If so, tell someone where you are going.
  • Monitor the latest weather and road conditions and allow plenty of time to get to your destination.
  • Clear snow and ice from windows, headlights and taillights prior to driving.
  • Make sure your cell phone is charged.
  • Always keep your gas tank topped off.
  • Ensure your tires are properly inflated.
  • Wear your seatbelt.
  • Leave plenty of room for stopping. Be sure to brake carefully and early since it takes more time to stop while driving in adverse conditions.
  • Bridges will ice sooner than the normal roadways.
  • Ensure you have emergency and safety equipment in your vehicle, including an ice scraper, jumper cables, flashlight and warning devices.
  • Make sure you dress appropriately and even have a blanket and thick outerwear in your vehicle.
  • Don’t use cruise control in wintry conditions as road conditions can change quickly with sudden slippery spots.

Bossier deputies will continually monitor and patrol the roadways to keep motorists safe.

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) says they are prepared and will have crews out at 3 a.m. north of Interstate 20 surveying state roads in Bossier Parish.

They will pre-salt and salt as needed according to weather conditions and as soon as the DOTD survey crews detect issues.

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