INDOT crews out treating roads

LAPORTE, Ind. -- For many Michiana drivers the first snow of the year can be dangerous. Because of rain late Monday afternoon, it was difficult for trucks to pre-treat the road.

INDOT says they have been preparing for this storm for several days.

Monday they sprayed a salt-water mixture on major roads. As the snow falls, that mixture will help melt the snow.

Crews will be out all evening and overnight treating the roads.

The Berrien County Sheriff's Office has these recommendations for driving in stormy conditions:

  • Keep your low beams on, even during the day.

  • SLOW DOWN - posted speed limits are set for ideal road and weather conditions.

  • Do everything more slowly - turning, stopping and accelerating.

  • Place greater distance between your car and the one in front of you. Slippery conditions can triple the distance it takes to come to a complete stop.

  • Drive defensively.

  • Use extra caution within shaded areas, intersections, and upon bridges or overpasses. Beware of black ice - the road appears dry or clear but is darker than usual and very slippery.

  • If your vehicle begins to fish tail, turn in the direction of the skid.

  • When braking on a slippery surface, allow plenty of stopping distance and, if Anti-lock brakes are not equipped on your vehicle, pump the brakes gently to avoid skidding. If you have ABS, press on the brake pedal firmly and hold. Expect noise and vibration; this means the ABS is working. Always look and steer where you want to go.

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