With another cold snap looming, new research has revealed that drivers are taking alarming risks on the road, and that the cold weather is likely to lead to hundreds of accidents as a result. See also: Revealed: the UK’s worst roads, costing a fortune in repairs Technically, the roads should actually be safer in cold weather, because drivers slow down, and so many people choose not to drive altogether. In reality, however, according to the Department for Transport, there were over 2,170 accidents in winter conditions in 2015.
It was an unusually busy weekend for towing companies in the Metro. Icy roads left Interstate 220 and I-55 looking more like a slip and slide. When the ice melted, by Monday morning at least 10 abandoned cars remained in the emergency lanes of major Jackson interstates.
One of which was Shamarrick Butler’s car.
“I made several attempts to have a tow truck come pull me out Saturday nothing ever happened they say the roads were too bad so I called yesterday made several more attempts to get some service out here, couldn’t do it,” he said. Butler slid off of I-220 Friday night, and when he was finally able to get it towed Monday morning, it had been broken into.
“They stole every piece of equipment that I had wrecked the whole dash stole my battery I left a vehicle that was here there was no damage to come back and thousands of thousands of dollars years of hard work gone down the drain,” he said.
“It’s a sad situation that you work hard for your stuff over the years take care of your stuff, and somebody just wants to make your life a living hell, but that’s the way it goes so,” he said. “That’s why I was so anxious to get it pulled out Saturday morning but of course under the circumstances due to the weather I wasn’t able to get that done,” he said. Jackson Police said they are granting leniency for anyone who’s vehicle was stuck over the weekend, as long as it isn’t interfering with traffic. Police say, if your car is tagged with a neon sticker, you have a certain amount of time to move your car. That’s usually about 48 hours.
DRIVING ON ICE:
* Avoid unnecessary travel – No one can drive well on ice. Listen to authorities’ recommendations and delay travel until road conditions improve. * Accelerate, decelerate and turn slowly – Everything takes longer in icy conditions, so be sure to leave enough space between you and the vehicle in front of you – a following distance of 8-10 seconds. * Don’t stop if you can avoid it – There’s a big difference in the amount of inertia it takes to start moving from a full stop versus how much it takes to get moving while still rolling. * Don’t power up hills – Applying extra gas on icy roads just starts your wheels spinning. Try to get a little inertia going before you reach the hill and let that inertia carry you to the top. Avoid stopping while going up a hill. * Don’t use cruise control – You may need to quickly reduce your speed by lifting off the accelerator, which cannot be easily accomplished on slick roads when cruise control is engaged. * To get out of a skid – Lightly take your foot off the brake or gas and try to regain traction. Always look and steer where you want to go. * Keep an emergency kit in your vehicle – Include an ice scraper, kitty litter or sand for traction, jumper cables, cell phone with a car charger, blankets, gloves, hats, food, water and any needed medications. Be sure to bundle up with a winter coat, boots, gloves and a hat in case you get stranded. * If you become snow-bound – Stay with your vehicle. It provides temporary shelter and makes it easier for rescuers to locate you. * Stay on major routes – If you must drive, stick to thoroughfares that have been plowed or treated and stay in the most recently cleared lane. * Use extra caution on bridges and overpasses – They freeze because they are exposed to air on all of their surfaces. * Fill up on windshield washer fluid – Salt brine and sand from treated roadways will build up on your windshield, so be sure to have enough washer fluid to keep it clear. Opt for windshield washer fluid with a low freezing point to help keep ice and snow from sticking to your windshield. * Avoid distractions – Power off or store your cell phone, turn down the music and focus on driving. During winter weather conditions, AAA’s emergency road service may be slower than usual or limited to circumstances where someone is in imminent danger. Drivers are advised to stay off the roads unless absolutely necessary. AAA Carolinas, an affiliate of the American Automobile Association, is a not-for-profit organization that serves more than 2 million members and the public with travel, automobile and insurance services while being an advocate for the safety and security of all travelers.
Icy roads: Are you covered? – Alabama’s News Leader
Icy roads: Are you covered? – Alabama’s News Leader Alabama’s News LeaderIcy conditions on roads, caused a lot of accidents over the last few days. If you braved the frozen roads there’s a chance your insurance may not have covered you. ABC 33/40 looked into how road closures made by city officials for their respective …
1. Allow extra time for your journey, and be mindful of worsening weather conditions.2. Reduce speed and allow plenty of space between you and the vehicle in front of you.3. Avoid making sharp turns or braking suddenly to avoid losing control of your vehicle.4. If your vehicle begins to skid, gently steer in the direction of the skid.5. Resist the urge to jerk the steering wheel in the other direction if your vehicle beings to skid.6. Use dipped headlights in poor visibility, and do not use cruise control.7. Remove snow and ice from the vehicle’s windshield, lights and body of car before driving.8. De-mist the inside of your vehicle before starting your journey.9. Check your screen wash and use top up as needed with winter additive.10. Ensure your tires are in good condition and properly inflated.