CINCINNATI (WXIX) – Friday evening through Saturday morning is a first day of weather alert due to the return of wintry weather to the FOX19 NOW viewing area. As the snow falls, road conditions become hazardous.
Despite road temperatures above freezing, the snow will initially stick and melt. As temperatures drop, black ice will begin to form.
Kara Hitchens, public affairs manager at AAA, says: “You could very easily hit a patch of ice and spin on the roads, and that’s a dangerous situation.”
The ice will force motorists to slow down or even come to a complete stop on some local roads. It is imperative to slow down and not press too hard on the brakes.
According to a study by the Broughton School of Motoring, if you’re going 50 mph on a dry, flat road, it’ll take you about 125 feet to come to a complete stop. When the same road is icy, the stopping distance can be ten times longer. That means the stopping distance on icy roads if you’re going 50 mph is 1,250 feet, or about a quarter of a mile.
Hitchens insists that “you want to have total control of your vehicle. You want to be able to brake and accelerate when you need to, not cruise control.
If you slip on snowy or icy roads, stay inside your vehicle. AAA says this is the best and safest option because there’s a very high chance that a driver behind you will hit the same patch of ice and slide off the road as well.
You also want to have an emergency kit, which can be found here.
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