Adams County Emergency Management stresses importance of driving safety in cold weather

Driving in cold weather
Published: Oct. 21, 2021 at 11:50 PM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - With the cold weather coming into the picture, it’s important to remember to set aside some extra time to prepare for driving. Frost, ice and snow had already been reported in Nebraska this year — and for central Nebraska, that weather is right around the corner.

Along with the frigid temperatures, people have to warm up their cars or hack away at the ice on their windows, and leave a bit earlier to make it to where they need to be on time and safely.

Ron Pughes, Adams County Emergency Management director, said it’s better to be prepared ahead of time and to have windows completely cleared before putting your vehicle in gear.

“It’s important to make sure that you’re ready to go down the road, you’re not just looking out a tiny little piece of your glass because you don’t have an ice scraper and used a credit card or something like that,” Pughes said. “So, take the time to be prepared and completely clean out your vehicle, make sure it’s ready for the winter, good time to check your tires, make sure that they’ve got plenty of tread on them.”

When driving on the roads, he added, it’s best to expect the worse for the weather conditions.

“If the temperature is below freezing, assume that it’s going to take longer to stop,” he said. “And assume that maybe the people that are approaching you from behind, sideways or in front of and you may have to stop more abruptly than you would in dry condition.”

He said the first frost of the season tended to sneak up on people, making it a good idea to keep an ice scraper on hand ahead of time.

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