LIVINGSTON COUNTY – In light of multiple car accidents on Tuesday morning’s icy roads, it is more important than ever for drivers to stay in tune to local road conditions.
According to Don Higgins, Highways Superintendent for Livingston County, every area in the county has its own set of hazards, and drivers need to adapt their driving to their immediate weather and road conditions to stay safe.
“All roads are hazardous depending on the type of storm, wind direction, whether it is freezing rain or snow or ice, and temperatures have a lot to do with it,” said Higgins. “Roads that go north-south tend to have more snow drifting due to prevailing west-east winds. The northern half of the county is relatively flat and tends to drift a bit more. The south has many more hills, so drifting isn’t as much of a problem, but the hills themselves can be a hazard if they are steep enough and it’s icy.”
Higgins added that even lifelong residents of Western New York can forget how to drive in snow over the summer. Drivers need to be careful at all times since dangerous road conditions may not always be obvious.
“This seems to happen every year, people forget how to drive in winter and aren’t paying attention,” added Higgins. “If there’s black ice, the road might be frozen but look normal, which can cause a lot of problems. You should always remember that bridges and overpasses freeze earlier than the surrounding road because they’re not insulated.”