Navigating the roads might get a little tougher in the next couple of days. The Heartland is bracing for light snowfall, which can make you lose control of your vehicle in an instant.
Traffic cameras in Overland Park, Kansas show just how disastrous even a dusting of snow can be. The city compiled a video of accidents from the cameras in December after a few inches of snow left the city with five times more accidents one weekday than they typically see.
Nebraska State Patrol Trooper Keith Bell says even with light flurries, it's important to be prepared. “Make sure you have the proper tire, make sure your brakes are good and don't use your cruise control."
The light snowfall causes black ice, which blends in with the pavement. Trooper Bell says the key is leaving more space between you and the vehicle in front of you. “Double your stopping distance, do that by decreasing your speed and continue to scan way ahead of traffic.”
He also advises if you’re in a crash, but aren't injured, to try and move your vehicle to the side of the road as quickly as possible to avoid another collision.
Trooper Bell also recommends talking to your employer about leaving early in bad weather. He says if you can avoid the bad weather you should.