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Dec 15

6 Winter Driving Tips from Our Street Crews

Posted on December 15, 2016 at 9:51 AM by Office of Communication & Public Affairs

Winter is officially upon us, and we've already begun our winter road treatment processes in preparation for and response to the first snows of the season. 

Our crews in the Division of Street Maintenance are dedicated to making Dayton's roadways as safe as possible for all travelers this winter. Please remember: even if your street hasn't been cleared yet, crews are diligently working around the clock to effectively service the City's road network. You can learn more about our winter weather response process here

But even as we salt and plow and treat, it's important for every driver to practice safe driving habits that will keep you and other motorists safe on your commute:
  • Accelerate and decelerate slowly. Applying the gas slowly to accelerate is the best method for regaining traction and avoiding skids. Don’t try to get moving in a hurry, and take extra time to slow down for a stoplight. Remember: It takes longer to slow down on icy roads.
  • Bridges, ramps and overpass freeze first. The cold air both above and under these structures drop their temperatures more quickly than road surfaces. Use caution when driving across them.
  • Drive slowly. Everything takes longer on snow-covered roads, so plan accordingly. Give yourself time to maneuver and get to your destination safely.
  • The normal dry pavement following distance of three to four seconds should be increased to eight to 10 seconds.
  • Know your brakes. If you have anti-lock brakes (ABS) and need to slow down quickly, press hard on the pedal--it’s normal for the pedal to vibrate a bit when the ABS is activated.
  • If you're driving behind a snow plow or truck, provide plenty of space (at least 7-8 car lengths) behind the truck.
Thanks for helping us keep Dayton a safe, commutable city this winter season. If you have a street maintenance service request, call it in at 937-333-4800 or submit it using the Dayton Delivers app.