The New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) has been stockpiling road salt, training its employees on new equipment, and making sure everything is functional. All of this is just in time for the first expected snowfall of the season and that comes this weekend
"One of the things we started doing this morning because we had been monitoring the weather, we started pretreating the roads with our salt brine. We weren't sure if we were going to get rain first or you know if it was going to be cold enough to just start snowing. We'll be monitoring the situation and as things come we'll get our folks out there to take care of the roads," said Jim Piccola, the NYS DOT Public Information Officer.
There are many things drivers can do to help with slippery road conditions such as keeping the windows and mirrors clear of snow, adjusting your speed as necessary to avoid skidding, and if you want more traction consider snow tires.
Kharl Swartz of Tallman tires says, "When you get the slippery situation in there and your tires start to spin a snow tire will be less resilient to spin it will actually grab onto snow throw it out and stick you to the road and keep you so you have a more safer ride for your traveling."
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