Tips provided by Ohio Highway Patrol and FEMA.
Wednesday's Blizzard Warning and the weather that comes with is already making roads hazardous. Ohio Highway Patrol reports that from December 2011 through March 2012, 15,526 crashes occurred on snow, ice or slush covered roadways killing 27 people and injuring 4,529. We haven't had much practice lately in severe winter weather, so it's a good time to remember how to do it right. The state Highway Patrol and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have offered some tips for driving safely in the snow and items you should keep in your car in case of an emergency.
From January through December 2010, there were 29 traffic-related fatalities. Here's some tips to avoid becoming a statistic:
Though Mother Nature has not hit us with severe winter weather yet, it is important to remember that snow and ice are one of the most prevalent causes of car accidents and fatalities, even for diligent drivers. According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, from December 2010 through March 2011, 37,429 accidents occurred on ice, snow or slush on Ohio roadways, killing 46 people and injuring 7,844. More than three-fourths of these accidents were caused by speeding. Summa Health System and Summit County Safe Communities are reminding drivers to prepare their vehicles for the winter season, learn how to drive on slick roads and tips on what to do if drivers become stuck in the snow. “When driving in the snow and on ice, drive slowly and gently…