TFC Corey King
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 16, Henderson
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Get A Grip - Safe Travel Information for Winter Driver
Learning art of safe driving in adverse weather requires preparation and training. Start with a vehicle that's ready for the rigors of the rainy season: good tire tread, firm brakes and streak-free wipers. Add wet-weather driving techniques: dealing with reduced visibility and traction, steering, braking and skid control. Being prepared in what to do in an emergency the driver is more likely to stay in control.
PRE-SEASON CHECK UP: Battery: replace or recharge weak batteries. Check the headlights, flashers, parking lights, signals, taillights and brake lights.
Have your brakes inspected to insure they are in proper working conditions. Traction is the key to good movement, turning and stopping on wet surfaces. Good tire tread allows water to escape from under the tires, preventing your vehicle form hydroplaning. Make sure tires are properly inflated to the maximum pressure amount shown in the owner's manual or the doorframe. "DO NOT EXCEED PRESSURE SHOWN ON THE TIRE SIDEWALL".
Have your service tech check your radiator and hoses for leaks and cracks. Inspect your vents and insure the blowers are working correctly so air can circulate properly keeping the windshield from fogging up. Replace wiper blades and fill the washer reservoir.
Emergency Kit: Keep these items in your vehicle in case of an emergency: Flashlight, Traction mats, small bag of abrasive material- sand, salt of kitty litter, shovel, cloth or a roll of paper towels, blanket, jumper cables, window washing solvent, flares of reflective triangles, cell phone or a citizens band radio.
Emergencies happen quickly with little time for evaluation and decision-making. A review of 12,000 collisions found that 37% of drivers involved took no action to avoid the crash. Visual scanning will allow the driver to know were to go to avoid the impact from another vehicle or object. Avoid distraction that takes your eyes from the roadway. Sit no closer than 10 inches from the steering wheel. Get a clear view, keep your windshield clean. In winter, drive with your headlights on during daytime operation, when fog is present use your low beam lights. Time, distance and drivers attention is most important, reaction time will increase if we constantly scan the roadway ahead. During a skid, take your foot of the accelerator, steer in the direction you want the front of the vehicle to go, do not over-steer your vehicle in an effort to correct the problem. When braking in icy condition keep your heel on the floorboard and your toes on the brake. With standard brakes, apply and release just before the wheel lock and begin a skid. With anti-locking brakes, keep it simple by staying on the brake and keep steering your vehicle. Do not panic, over-reaction will cause muscles to tighten and loss of body control.
This holiday season; enjoy your family and friends with safety in mind. The Kentucky State Police wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas.
To report a drunk driver, contact the Kentucky State Police at 1-800-222-5555 (in the state of Kentucky only, does not work out of state) or 826-3312 or 685-3927. Give as much information as possible, you do not have to give your name.
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