TOPEKA -- Recent snowfall over the weekend will likely make roadways slick and difficult to maneuver, causing problems for drivers through Monday afternoon. AAA advises drivers to play it safe and postpone trips as appropriate. Consumers who must make necessary trips should be prepared and know how to handle snow covered roads.
Driving on slippery streets:
Increase following distance to 8-10 seconds.
Know your brakes. If the vehicle is not equipped with an antilock braking system, pump the brakes. If the vehicle has ABS, don’t pump, break with firm pressure.
Accelerate and decelerate slowly. Reduced traction causes simple maneuvers, such as accelerating, stopping and turning, to take longer on snow-covered roads.
Don’t power up hills. Applying extra gas on snow-covered roads causes wheels to spin. As you reach the crest of the hill, reduce the speed and proceed downhill as slowly as possible.
In case of an emergency:
Pull off the road onto level ground, away from traffic as safely as possible. If you cannot pull off the road, make vehicles visible by switching on emergency flashers. Do not risk danger to yourself by attempting to push your vehicle to a safe location.
Alert other motorists. Make sure your vehicle is visible to other motorists by turning on emergency flashers and raising the hood.
Communicate your situation. Once you and your passengers are in a safe location, call for assistance.
AAA members in need of roadside assistance can reach AAA by calling 1-800-AAA-HELP or visiting AAA.com/roadsideassistance. iPhone users can download the AAA Roadside app for free and request roadside service with a touch of a button.
Remain with your vehicle. Under most circumstances, if you have a cell phone, it’s best to remain with your vehicle until assistance arrives. However, if you think your vehicle might be struck from behind, do not remain in it. Never stand behind or directly in front of it because other drivers may not see you.
Drivers are reminded that it’s the law to slow down and move over for emergency personnel, including roadside assistance providers. Reduce speed and, if possible, move over one lane of traffic to provide a safe area for stranded motorists and emergency personnel assisting them.