Driving in Snow and Ice

The best advice for driving in bad winter weather is not to drive at all, if you can avoid it.  Don't go out until the snow plows and sanding trucks have had a chance to do their work, and allow yourself extra time to reach your destination.

If you must travel, check the most recent road conditions before your departure. 

Read More for tips on driving safely on slick and snowy road's
 

Driving safely on icy roads

 

  •     Decrease your speed and leave yourself plenty of room to stop. You should allow at least three times more space than usual between you and the car in front of you.
  •     Brake gently to avoid skidding. If your wheels start to lock up, ease off the brake.
  •     Turn on your lights to increase your visibility to other motorists.
  •     Keep your lights and windshield clean.
  •     Use low gears to keep traction, especially on hills.
  •     Don't use cruise control or overdrive on icy roads.
  •     Be especially careful on bridges, overpasses and infrequently traveled roads, which will freeze first. Even at temperatures above freezing, if the conditions are wet, you might encounter ice in shady areas or on exposed roadways.
  •     Don't pass snow plows and sanding trucks. The drivers have limited visibility, and you're likely to find the road in front of them worse than the road behind.


If your rear wheels skid...
 

  •     Take your foot off the accelerator.
  •     Steer in the direction you want the front wheels to go. If your rear wheels are sliding left, steer left. If they're sliding right, steer right.
  •     If your rear wheels start sliding the other way as you recover, ease the steering wheel toward that side. You might have to steer left and right a few times to get your vehicle completely under control.
  •     If you have standard brakes, pump them gently.
  •     If you have anti-lock brakes (ABS), do not pump the brakes. Apply steady pressure to the brakes. You will feel the brakes pulse — this is normal.


If your front wheels skid...
 

  •     Take your foot off the gas and shift to neutral, but don't try to steer immediately.
  •     As the wheels skid sideways, they will slow the vehicle and traction will return. As it does, steer in the direction you want to go. Then put the transmission in "drive" or release the clutch, and accelerate gently.
     

 

SECONDS COUNT IN AN EMERGENCY!

The City Of Torrington and County of Goshen has instituted the CodeRED Emergency Notification System. It is a ultra high-speed telephone communication service for emergency notifications. This system allows us to telephone all or targeted areas of the City and County in case of an emergency situation that requires immediate action (such as a boil-water notice, missing child or evacuation notices). The system is capable of dialing 50,000 phone numbers per hour. It then delivers our recorded message to a live person or an answering machine, making three attempts to connect to any number.


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THIS SYSTEM WILL ONLY BE USED FOR EMERGENCY PURPOSES.
Examples of times when the CodeRED system could be utilized: Drinking water contamination, Utility outage, Evacuation notice & route, Missing person, Fires or Floods, Bomb threat, Hostage situation, Chemical spill or Gas leak, and other emergency incidents where rapid and accurate notification is essential for life safety.