HARTFORD – Although weather and road conditions are expected to improve Thursday, AAA expects its already heavy volume of emergency calls to increase with more drivers venturing out.
For those who take to the road, AAA advises extra care to avoid adding to the more than 43,000 call it has received this winter.
On Wednesday, AAA’s Roadside Rescue Team received 572 calls for emergency road service by late afternoon in Greater Hartford and eastern Connecticut. Many calls were for towing and to extricate vehicles who went off the road into the snow.
AAA Travel agents have also been busy assisting clients whose travel plans have been affected by the weather.
AAA offers the following tips to drivers who must venture out:
- See and be seen. Clear any snow and ice from your vehicle and keep headlights on at all times.
- Always wear your safety belt.
- Avoid distractions. Don’t talk on your cell phone while driving.
- Keep a safe distance. If you are driving in wet or snowy conditions, give yourself at least three times more space than usual between you and the car in front of you.
- Brake gently to avoid skidding, and use low gears to avoid losing traction. Gentle pressure on the accelerator when starting is the best way to retain traction and avoid skids. If your wheels start to spin, let up on the accelerator until traction returns.
- Avoid passing plows, unless necessary.
- Use major routes that have been cleared and salted whenever possible.
- Do not engage your vehicle’s cruise control. Using cruise control on slick roads can cause you to lose control of your vehicle.
- If you are involved in a crash, either stay in your vehicle, or get far away from traffic.