Drivers Urged To Use Common Sense

Jan 6, 2014

Lexington Police say drivers need to be prepared for anything to happen on the roadways during this winter blast.

Hypothermia can set in after just 30 minutes of being out in single digit temperatures.  Sherelle Roberts, spokesperson for the Lexington Police Department says if you do end up broken down on the side of the road, the best thing to do is stay inside your vehicle.  She also suggests keeping the gas tank full so gas lines won't freeze and so heat can be used intermittently to stay warm until help arrives.

Always keep a cold weather emergency kit in your car during winter months.  It should include extra warm clothes, a blanket, ice scraper, flashlight, charged cell phone, food, water and kitty litter to use for traction if you are stuck in snow or ice.  If you don't have any emergency flares or signals; Roberts says to roll the window down and put a cloth out, then roll up the window to create a flag so people will know the vehicle is occupied.

As always, if you can, stay off the roads.  Roberts says if driving isn't a necessity then stay indoors.