Ready for the winter? Cortland Fire Chief gives winter driving tips

With us having a taste of this year’s snowy weather season, Cortland Fire Chief Wayne Friedman took some time to give everyone some tips on how to take precaution and avoid road accidents.

Some more tips for driving in the snow according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety include:

  • Have your vehicle checked by a AAA Approved Auto Repair facility before hitting the road.
  • Be sure that your tires are properly inflated and have plenty of tread.
  • Increase your following distance, as the longer the distance from a vehicle you have, the more time you have to stop.
  • Accelerate and decelerate slowly. Apply the gas slowly to regain traction and avoid skids. Don’t try to get moving in a hurry and take time to slow down, especially at a stoplight, as it takes longer to slow down on icy and snowy roads.

Severe and snowy weather conditions can be dangerous, especially for those driving.

There have already been some accidents in Cortland. However, fortunately there have been no severe injuries, according to Friedman.

According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, “Winter storms, bad weather and sloppy road conditions are a factor in nearly half a million crashes and more than 2,000 road deaths every winter.”