Safety Warning for WNY Drivers this Thanksgiving

November 26, 2013 Updated Nov 26, 2013 at 12:49 AM EDT

By Kendra Eaglin

November 26, 2013 Updated Nov 26, 2013 at 12:49 AM EDT


When it comes to driving on snow covered, icy roads with low visibility there is one thing New York State Trooper Thomas Owczarzak says he sees far too often and it often leads to dangerous consequences.

"Most of the incidents involving cars and this type of weather and accidents involve unsafe speed," explained Sgt. Owczarzak.

Officials are issuing a warning to drivers as we head into what could be the first major snow event of the season:

Follow at a safe distance giving extra space between you and the vehicle in front of you.

Anticipate stops especially around busy shopping areas as drivers may make sudden turns.

If you run into trouble activate your hazard lights to let other drivers know your are in distress.

Never rely solely on the bells and whistles of your vehicle.

"Cars are so well built these days and there are so many safety features on them, it's very easy to get complacent and think that the electronics in the vehicle can save you from anything and in fact there are limitations to that and it still does come down to being a good
driver," said Owczarzak.