How to Prepare for Winter Weather

By: Lindsey Yates Email
By: Lindsey Yates Email

Area roadways are being pre-treated to prepare for freezing rain, sleet, or snow expected to move into our area tonight, potentially causing dangerous driving conditions.

Here's some winter weather tips that could help you out of a slippery situation.

Today more than a dozen trucks covered the streets with brine to prevent slick spots.

"Anytime we have a winter storm coming in and it comes in the form of rain we will treat the roads with brine and it's a salt water mixture. It keeps the snow and ice from making a bond with the roadway surface,"says Stacey Beason, Engineer with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

But if you were to hit a patch of ice what should be your next move?

"It's best to not really lock your brakes up because if you go into a skid you can't really control your car. It's best to let up off the gas and to steer out of the skid,"says Beason.

Now we've all heard the myths about how to open that stubborn frozen car door such as a hot cup of water or a blow dryer but what will get that frozen car door open?

"Definitely not a hot cup of water because it will freeze quicker and make it harder to get in there. Use the lock de-icer to get the door open. We also have little tubes of de-icer you can stick into the keyhole and get your door open as easy as possible," says Brandon McKinney, Assistant Manager at Lowe's.

And what about not being able to see out of your windshield?

"The de-icer's in the windshield wiper fluid that will help de-ice your windshield,"says McKinney

When it comes to winter weather it's better to be safe than sorry.

"Ice is definitely the most dangerous. Of course sleet, freezing rain, depending on what the temperature does because when the surface temperature drops and precipitation freezes we have a dangerous situation,"says Beason.

Beason says in case of ice, drive slow and use caution on bridges.

Beason also adds the Transportation Department has salt trucks prepared and will monitor road conditions throughout the night.

And it's not just your car that should be prepared for winter temperatures.

It's also important to winterize your home.

One of the best ways to do so is to block leaks around your house both inside and out to ensure heat is not escaping.

According to the U.S Department of Energy, a home with central heating can lose up to 60-percent of its heat before that air reaches the vents if duct work is not well-connected and insulated.

You should also be prepared if electricity goes out.

"Gas heating, it's better to use propane or natural gas. You don't need electricity in case the ice storm knocks out electricity, and a generator to run anything electric in the house to keep the heat going,"says McKinney.

McKinney adds that weather strips are one of the key ways to keep high energy costs down during the winter months.


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