MONTGOMERY – Alabama weather can change – going from warm and sunny to cold and icy – overnight. To be safe, the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) urges motorists to be prepared, particularly when the forecast calls for mix of wintry precipitation, the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) encourages motorists who must drive to use extreme caution and to expect roadways to be icy.
ALEA offers the following traffic safety tips:
- First and foremost, avoid driving at all if possible when icy or other extremely hazardous driving conditions develop in your area.
- Monitor local news for information on weather conditions and travel advisories, and check road conditions (available at https://algotraffic.com/).
- Report traffic crashes or other emergencies by calling 911 or using a cell phone to dial *HP (*47) to reach the nearest Highway Patrol post.
- Remain alert for emergency vehicles and remember to obey Alabama’s “move over” law.
- Keep vehicles in good operating condition. Check antifreeze levels and use windshield washer solution suitable for freezing weather conditions. Keep gas tanks at least half full.
- Remember weather and roadway conditions can deteriorate quickly. Adapt speeds to existing roadway conditions, be alert to changing weather and the possibility of icy and slippery road.
- Turn on headlights and windshield wipers, and maintain a safe distance between your vehicle and other vehicles during inclement weather.
- Pay attention to bridges and overpasses, which have a tendency to develop hazardous “black ice.”
- Keep blankets, first aid kit, charged cell phone and other emergency supplies in your vehicle.