Winter Driving Alert from State Police

December 21, 2012 Updated Dec 21, 2012 at 11:28 AM EDT

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Winter Driving Alert from State Police

December 21, 2012 Updated Dec 21, 2012 at 11:28 AM EDT

NYS (WKBW) - In preparation for the first real snowfall for this season, the State Police encourage motorists to exercise due care over the next few days.

The State Police will be out across the region checking all major routes of travel to ensure that motorists are as safe as possible. The State Police need your assistance to make this possible. Motorists traveling in areas impacted by the snow are asked to consider traveling only if necessary.

Take into consideration snow accumulation on the roads, the current snowfall rate, the wind, and visibility. Use your best judgment to determine if driving is prudent.

Keep the following tips in mind:
-Get the latest weather forecast before leaving – www.weather.gov , monitor radio or TV stations or contact your nearest State Police station.
-Keep a full tank of gas.
-Make sure your fluid levels are sufficient ( windshield washer fluid, ant-freeze).
-Spare tire is sufficient and you have the jack and wheel wrench.
-Use headlights at all times to increase your visibility to others. Remember, if your windshield wipers are in use due to weather then your headlights must be on.
-Drive prudently. If the conditions are adverse you should decrease your speed accordingly.
-Brake early and correctly
-Be careful, snow and cold temperatures can create icy conditions. Pay particular attention on bridges and overpasses.
-Do NOT use cruise control. This decreases your reaction time to apply braking.
-Look out for events farther down the road. Creating more time to react can make a difference
-Be aware of snow plows, maintenance vehicles and emergency vehicles. Give them room to work
-If you do not absolutely have to go out on the roads, then don’t.

Be prepared. Be safe. Follow the state police on twitter- @nyspolice for updates.