With an approaching snow heading towards Long Island, including Port Washington, drivers are urged to use precaution.
New York State Office of Emergency Management offers these tips:
- Never follow a snowplow too closely or attempt to pass one. Remember that the highway ahead of the plow is usually snow-covered.
- Adjust speed for road conditions and maintain a safe distance from other vehicles.
- Schedule extra time for winter travel and be patient during ice and snow removal operations.
- Assume that bridge surfaces are slippery, as they freeze more quickly than road surfaces.
- Watch for black ice, which can be difficult to see but makes conditions slippery when pavement temperatures are below freezing.
- Have a cell phone handy, if possible, but do not text while driving; distracted driving is illegal and becomes even more dangerous during storm events.
- Never venture from your vehicle if snowbound.
- Equip your car with emergency supplies including sand, shovel, flares, booster cables, rope, ice scraper, portable radio, flashlight, blankets and extra warm clothes.
- Inform a responsible person of your destination, intended route, and estimated time of arrival.
- Keep calm and do not panic in case of a vehicle breakdown, accident, or if you become snowbound.
Listen to media reports, including Patch, to track the pending storm.