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KSP Highway Safety Branch News Release
KSP Offers Winter Driving Tips to Motorists
Date of News Release: 12/15/08
(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - With the onset of winter and the possibility that motorists may have to drive in inclement weather, the Kentucky State Police are offering safe driving tips.
"Winter provides new challenges and responsibilities to the public and the Kentucky State Police," said KSP Commissioner Rodney Brewer. "We ask that drivers be prepared to meet the challenges of the upcoming winter season in Kentucky. Plan ahead, make sure everyone in the vehicle is properly restrained, drive defensively and be sure the vehicle is properly maintained to handle the effects of cold temperatures."
KSP reported that slippery roads were the contributing factor in 12,175 crashes and 67 fatalites in 2007.
Highway Safety Branch Commander, Captain Tim Lucas offers a word of caution about braking on snow covered roads.
"Know what kind of brakes your vehicle has and how to use them properly. In general, if you have anti-lock brakes, apply firm pressure, if you have non anti-lock brakes, pump the brakes gently," said Lucas.
"If you find yourself in a skid, stay calm and ease your foot off the gas while carefully steering in the direction you want the front of your vehicle to go. This procedure, known as "steering into the skid," will bring the back end of your vehicle in line with the front," added Lucas.
The Highway Safety Branch has posted these additional safe driving tips on their website:
Winter Safe Driving tips to follow:
What To Do If You Get Stranded
Prepare Your Vehicle For Winter
Winter Survival Kit For Your Vehicle:
Equip your vehicle with these items:
Citizens can contribute to highway safety by reporting erratic drivers to the Kentucky State Police toll-free at 1-800-222-5555 (in the state of Kentucky only, does not work out of state). Callers will remain anonymous and should give a description of the vehicle, location, direction of travel and license number if possible.
Kentucky State Police
919 Versailles Road | Frankfort, KY 40601
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