Motorists cautioned to drive safely on snow-covered roads

Before starting a trip, Smith said drivers should check the weather forecast, start their vehicle for a few minutes before departing, clean all snow and ice from the vehicle, ensure the windshield is clear of frost, let a friend or relative know when you are leaving and when you expect to arrive at your destination, and leave plenty of time to arrive without having to rush.

Smith also urged motorists to drive slow and adjust speed to the conditions of the road. Maintaining proper following distance and wearing your seatbelt are also tips he offered.

"Winter hazards can be the most dangerous of all the driving situations we face," stated Smith ... I hope by following these tips we can reduce the number of accidents and the number of people injured."

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