Staying Safe on Icy Roads

By Adam Chick

Staying Safe on Icy Roads

January 28, 2013 Updated Jan 29, 2013 at 1:43 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Icy conditions left roads hazardous throughout the Twin Tiers Monday, and created a driving experience that was far from predictable.

"You can tell from the tracks that she probably did a lane change a little too fast and just lost control," said Everett Cass, Highway Maintenance Supervisor for the NY Department of Transportation.

If you don't take extra precautions while driving in the snow and ice, you could find yourself in a ditch on the side of the road. The easiest thing you can do is slow down.

"That accident in particular I'm sure was due to speed," Cass said.

The New York State Department of Transportation does what it can to keep the roads clear, dumping more than 100 tons of salt on the roads Monday to help battle the ice. But at the end of the day, the person you need to rely on is yourself.

"Be sure to slow down and be in control of your vehicle. And make sure that you have a safe distance between you and the vehicle in front of you," said Dave Hamburg, Public Information Officer with the state Department of Transportation.

That's what Josh Kilts did when he made a run to the supermarket.

"Driving slow, making sure to stay at least two or three car-lengths away from another car," Kilts said.

"They just need to realize when we're having a weather event with slippery roads they need to slow down and give themselves more time to get where they're going," Cass said.

Cass has seen it all. From people driving too fast to those trying to pass a plow truck, which is discouraged.

He wants to urge the public to remain behind snow plows and not pass them, because passing one during a storm can create a dangerous situation for the car and the plow.

He says the operators of snow plows have enough to worry about.

"They've got a dozen different levers that they need to be able to operate, and at the same time shifting an 8-speed truck," Cass said.