PIKEVILLE, Ky. – The KSP Post 09 area is predicted to receive inclement weather for the next few days, and KSP is asking motorists to be aware that weather conditions may change rapidly over the next few hours.
“We are asking drivers to be prepared for the challenges of driving in hazardous road conditions. Operators should ensure their vehicle is properly maintained to operate in cold weather. Motorists should practice defensive driving and ensure all occupants are properly restrained,” says KSP Post 09 Commander, Captain Darren Stapleton.
Here are a few simple steps to help keep you on the road and less stressed:
•Avoid travel unless necessary.
•Always wear your seat belt.
•Leave early – allow more travel time; expect delays.
•Increase distance between vehicles – it takes significantly longer to stop on snow covered or icy roadways.
•Clear all windows on your vehicle prior to travel – having unobstructed vision is vital to avoid running off of the road or having a collision.
•Turn on your vehicle’s headlamps. Remove any dirt, mud or snow.
•Use caution on bridges and overpasses as they are susceptible to freezing before roadways.
•Avoid using cruise control – cruise can cause the vehicle’s wheels to continue turning on a slippery surface when speed needs to be decreased.
•Ensure your vehicle has a full tank of gas in the event you are stranded for an extended period of time.
•Charge your cellular phone prior to departure.
•Take a blanket.
•Notify a family member or a friend of your travel plans prior to departure – if your travel is interrupted, someone will know.
•Be patient – bad weather also limits the capabilities of law enforcement officers and emergency crews and increases response time. Also, keep in mind that they will be experiencing a high volume of requests for service.
•Attempt to move your vehicle out of the roadway if you are involved in a minor, non-injury traffic collision; especially if you are in a dangerous area such as a curve or a blind hill.
•If your vehicle is stranded or wrecked but not in the roadway, attempts to recover your vehicle will have to wait until conditions improve for safety considerations.
KSP is requesting travelers to observe for potentially stranded motorists. If you see or suspect that someone is stranded, please call 911 or contact the Kentucky State Police Post 09 at (606)433-7711 or toll-free at 1-800-222-5555.