The Herald Bulletin

January 2, 2014

Editorial: Slow down for latest deluge of snow and ice

The Herald Bulletin

---- — Slick and hazardous.

No Hoosier needs those words repeated after Thursday’s snowfall. The stuff was heavy to lift and icy to drive on. And everyone knew the winter weather advisory was coming.

It was almost as if Hoosiers should have all resolved one day earlier — Jan. 1 — to drive cautiously. If you didn’t make that pledge, then take this one today and for this weekend: drive according to the road conditions you’re facing.

Indiana State Police reminded everyone to follow these easy rules:

u Allow extra time to get to your destination.

u Clear all windows of ice and snow and remove snow from hood, roof and head lights and tail lights.

u Beware of bridges, overpasses and intersections where ice tends to form first.

u Don’t use cruise control on slick roads.

u Avoid abrupt stops and starts, slow down gradually and keep wheels turning to avoid losing traction.

u Use headlights even during daylight hours.

u Increase the following distance between you and the vehicle in front of you.

u Decrease your speed according to the road conditions.

u Make sure everyone in your vehicle is properly restrained.

u Don’t be distracted by electronic devices. Pull over to use them.

u Move and slow down for emergency and highway service vehicles.

Speed is the most common cause of crashes during snow or icy weather. But it’s really the behavior of the driver that causes crashes.

If you’re not sure of conditions, check or call 1-800-261-7623 or check the Indiana Department of Transportation’s website at

But above all, be patient on the roads.

In summary When road conditions are snowy and icy, motorists should be cautious.