Winter Driving in Ohio
Low Visibility - No Visibility
Winter driving in Ohio can be very dangerous. In northeast Ohio, you can leave your home with sunny conditions and just a short time find yourself in white-out conditions. For those of you who may not be familiar with the weather in northeast Ohio, I am referring to what we call the snow belt.
It is hard to pinpoint exactly the geographical area of the Ohio snow belt. However, it is basically southeast of Lake Erie. Typically starting about 5 miles south of the lake and extends several counties south. The heaviest region is the upper northeastern part of our state.
You must be prepared when driving through this area during our winter months. The roads may be clear when you start your drive but you may be surprised to find a foot of snow on the roads in the snow belt. The snow belt has it's own weather at times. You must be prepared.
Allow extra time to arrive at your destination. Mentally prepare yourself to not be in a hurry. Focus on safety rather than making good time.
Always make sure your vehicle is ready for winter driving. Tires, wiper blades, brakes, lights, heater, defroster, are some of the more critically important things you need to be sure are working properly.
Never text and drive. The title of this article is "Low & No Visibility". Texting and driving is the no visibility part of the article. It's bad enough you would have to drive through very adverse weather conditions, but to compound the situation by texting on your hand-held device is asking for a disaster. If texting is that important, please text before you leave and contact everyone that needs to hear from you and explain to them you will be out driving and will get back to them as soon as you are parked or finished with your trip. They will understand.
In Ohio, we enjoy four fantastic seasons. Winter is beautiful in its own right but also demands most of our attention while driving.
If we slow down a little and focus our attention on winter driving safety, we will all be able to enjoy the other three seasons to their maximum every year.
This article is not meant to be a complete or absolute list for driving safety. What we want to convey is driving is a very serious privilege that we all enjoy. It should be taken seriously and with the utmost responsibility and respect.
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