Winter Weather Driving Tips And Warnings

  • 12/12/2016 3:41:41 PM
  • Sartaj Aujla
  • Local News

RICHLAND COUNTY,OHIO - Colder temperatures and snow mean that it is going to be difficult to drive due to bad road conditions. 

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, during the winter of 2015-2016, there were 11,544 crashes on snow, ice or slush covered roadways on Ohio roads. This is a decrease of 54 percent of last year. These crashes resulted in nine deaths and 3,096 injuries. Speed-related factors were reported as a cause in 68 percent of these crashes. 

Police Departments in Richland County are warning residents to drive safe during the winter and to keep in mind some key safety tips.  

The Ontario Police Department shared tips on staying safe while driving during the winter season, such as making sure you have a plan on where you want to go, watching your speed limit, making sure you have strong tires that can take the slippery road conditions and more.

The Bucyrus post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol also encourages drivers to carry the following winter car kit items in their vehicle in case of a breakdown:

- Cell phone with car charger
- Road flares or reflectors
- Help or Call Police signs
- First aid kit
- Flashlight
- Blanket/Sleeping bag
- Small shovel
- Bottled water and energy foods
- Candles and matches
- Tow strap/chain  

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