Ohio State Highway Patrol Offers Cold Weather Driving Tips

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The Ohio State Highway Patrol responded to about 25,000 crashes statewide during the past winter.

And what they’ve discovered about those crashes may surprise you.

Most of them didn’t happen on a curve or on a steep hill or even in a bad snowstorm.

The majority happened on a straight stretch of road, but here’s the common denominator: the drivers were speeding.

And if you should happen to get into an accident this winter, here’s some important advice about what to do.

“People should not leave their vehicles,” said Lt. James Faunda, post commander of the Ohio State Highway Patrol in Belmont and Monroe counties. “If you are involved in a crash on the interstate or on a roadway, don’t exit your vehicle and stand in the road. As you remember, last year we had a young lady who was struck after she had an accident on the interstate and exited her vehicle. So stay in your vehicle. If you can move it, move it as far off the roadway as you can. And then just wait for help to arrive.”

They also urge drivers to leave plenty of space between their vehicle and the one in front of them.

And they say to pay close attention to bridges and overpasses.

Lt. Faunda says if you wake up to frost on your windshield, that means the road surfaces are frozen too, especially overpasses.

And finally, if you get stuck in the snow, make sure your tailpipe is free of snow or any other obstructions, otherwise you could suffer from carbon monoxide poisoning.

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