NYS DMV Urges Drivers to Prepare Vehicles for Winter Weather Driving
After the warm weather we've been experiencing here in Upstate and CNY for the past few weeks, is anyone thinking about what's ahead soon?
According to a press release from the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, today, Monday 10/16, NY drivers can begin installing snow tires with metal studs on their vehicles. By NY law, these tires can be used for the period of October 16 - April 30.
DMV is also recommending drivers to winterize their vehicles ahead of what may be a cold, snowy winter.
The agency along with the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee recommend these winter weather driving tips.
- Unless it's absolutely necessary, DO NOT drive during ice or snow storms.
- If driving is an absolute must, clear ice and snow from your vehicle. This includes headlights, taillights, windshield wipers, and all windows. Both license plates must be visible and free of ice and snow obstruction.
- Before driving, be sure to allow defrosters time to work.
- Remember New York State law is to have your headlights on when your windshield wipers are in operation.
- Even if your vehicle tires have good traction in ice and snow, be sure to DRIVE SLOWLY.
- Press your brakes in slow, steady strokes to prevent skids on snow and ice. Brake early, carefully and gently. Learn how to recover from a skid.
- Bridges, ramps and overpasses freeze first. Keep this in mind when sleet, freezing or snow is beginning to fall or is falling.
Although different weather sources have been giving us different weather predictions for the winter weather season, it's best to plan ahead for the worst case scenario. A few weeks ago (10/4) Accuweather forecasted a cold, snowier winter than normal for Upstate New York. The Farmers Almanac published their winter weather forecast in mid-August and it's pretty much in line with Accuweather's long range forecast.