Around the Miami Valley
2:41 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

AAA: Tips On How To Drive Safely During Bitter Cold Weather

Monday’s sudden snowfall is to blame for several traffic pileups on the highways in southwest Ohio and as WYSO’s Emily McCord reports the cold weather can also contribute to hazardous driving conditions.

The Miami Valley has seen the coldest weather of the season with temperatures only in the lowers teens today and that alone can cause problems on the roadways. AAA is getting twice the numbers of calls it normally handles on a Tuesday. Cindy Antrican with AAA says its important that your vehicle is ready to handle ice and snow and to be prepared for the bitter cold in case your car does break down.

"You want to have emergency supplies in your vehicle, your cell phone, make sure it’s fully charged. Take your car charger. Make sure you have washer fluid in your well. Get your vehicle serviced, good tires, things like that. Another thing we recommend is drive distraction free," says Antrican.

A passing burst of snowfall was responsible for crashes that involved over 150 vehicles in southwest Ohio Monday.  Antrican says there isn’t much that can done in unusual weather like that, but says that not using cruise control and not following too closely can help avoid future accidents during bad weather.