Crews Treat Roads Before Snow Arrives
By West Kentucky Star Staff
WESTERN KENTUCKY - Kentucky Transportation Cabinet crews across the Commonwealth pretreated roads today in advance of expected snow and freezing rain.

Applying brine, or saltwater, leaves lines of salt crystals on the roadway surface that mix with snow to prevent it from bonding with the pavement. Brine can help plow crews more easily remove snow from roads during the first hours of a winter storm. 

Drivers should watch for slow-moving spray vehicles and other trucks applying brine to both main and secondary state highways, and avoid following spray trucks too closely. 

KYTC encourages motorists to prepare for winter and remain safe by following these tips:

•Stock vehicles with ice scrapers, jumper cables, blankets, a flashlight, cell phone charger, non-perishable snacks and first aid kit. Dress warmly in case you get stranded or encounter problems.

•Winterize vehicles. Have your car battery, tire pressure and brakes checked. Make sure your heater, defroster, headlights and windshield wipers are working properly. Fill up your gas tank.

•When snow and/or ice are on roadways, drive slowly no matter what type of vehicle you’re in, and maintain a safe distance from other vehicles. It takes more time and distance to stop your vehicle in adverse weather conditions.        
•Travel only when necessary during major snow events, and if you do, allow extra time. It’s better to be stranded at home than on the road.

•Eliminate distractions while driving (like using a phone and eating).

•Follow the Quick Clearance law, which requires drivers to move vehicles to the shoulder in the event of a non-injury crash.

Kentucky State Police also issued the following tips:

•Don't call 911 for road or weather conditions. Those phone lines need to be open for legitimate emergencies. 

•Clear all of your windows. Blind spots can cause drivers to run off the road or have a collision.

•Turn on headlights and remove snow, ice or dirt from them.

•Don't use cruise control on wet or snowy roads, since it can cause the vehicle to lose traction.

•If you get stranded: Tie a bright-colored cloth to your antenna as a signal; stay awake and keep moving to stay warm; move any needed items from the trunk to the passenger area; run the engine and heat for about 10 minutes per hour to stay warm; make sure exhaust is not blocked by snow.

Published 12:12 PM, Friday Jan. 11, 2019
Updated 05:46 PM, Friday Jan. 11, 2019