With 2012's first snowstorm approaching, New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) Commissioner Joan McDonald emphasizes that upcoming winter weather will be dangerous, and motorists should modify their driving accordingly.
- Drivers avoid unneccessary travel; check 511 or 511ny.org for the latest road condition reports.
- Have a cell phone handy, but don't text or call while driving.
- Inform a responsible person of your destination, intended route and estimated time of arrival.
- Never venture from your vehicle if snowbound.
- Equip your car with emergency supplies: sand, shovel, flares, booster cables, rope, ice scraper, portable radio, flashlight, flood, whistle, blankets and extra warm clothes.
McDonald asks drivers to remember: "By slowing down, giving snowplows extra work and allowing extra time to get to your destination, we can save lives on New York's highways this winter."