Driving safely during the changing weather

Posted by: Abigail Campbell and Kayla King  | Friday, January 19, 2018

Since the start of the new year, temperatures have been drastically fluctuating from warm to sub-zero causing Hoosiers to endure unpredictable and sometimes hazardous road conditions with slush, ice and potholes. I have encountered dangerous road conditions on my commutes to the Statehouse, and safety is a concern of mine and for those traveling throughout the coming months.

During this time, it is important for you to be prepared for any weather condition armed with information needed to keep you and your family safe. Snow and ice can make the roads slick and hard to drive on and unexpected storms could result in flooding and high winds.  Before leaving for your destination, make sure your car is stocked with necessities, such as extra gloves, blankets, food and water. These items can be beneficial in an unexpected situation, including vehicle breakdowns or getting stuck in the snow.

Stay informed about weather conditions by viewing our local news, listening to a weather scanner or researching the weather and road conditions. If you are unsure of where to find information about road conditions in our area, visit the Indiana Department of Transportation website at www.in.gov/indot. You will also find driving safety tips that will help you arrive at your destination safely.

The Indiana Department of Transportation also launched a new mobile app offering statewide, real-time traffic information. The app can let you know of hazardous conditions and help you plan ahead for delays or closures on interstates, U.S. highways and state highways. Users can use the app to report roadway hazards, repair needs and other concerns, and have the option to receive alerts about ongoing INDOT construction zones and upcoming projects.

Another important reminder is to be aware of other motorists that are driving on the roads. There are many types of vehicles on the road including snow plows and semi-trucks. It is important to remain calm and considerate of other drivers. In large amounts of traffic, give your vehicle and the vehicle ahead of you plenty of space. Road rage and speeding in hazardous conditions can create dangerous situations and result in wrecks. Remember to drive safely and use your best judgement.

Often, when we get behind the wheel, our minds are not entirely focused on the road ahead of us. Nevertheless, you should always remain attentive and practice defensive driving techniques. Stay warm this winter, and if you get a chance, share these tips with friends. If you have any questions or thoughts please do not hesitate to contact me at 317-232-9769 or by email at h73@iga.in.gov.

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Rep. Steve Davisson represents Washington County, and portions

of Orange, Lawrence, Jackson, Clark and Harrison counties. 

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