Winter Weather Driving Hazard Reminder from Reno Police
With the winter weather upon us here in Northern Nevada, the Reno Police Department has unfortunately responded to several crashes related to drivers not removing ice and snow from their vehicle. The most recent crash was this past Monday where a driver had failed to remove all the frost from their windshield and struck a pedestrian which the driver could not see.
Reno Police would like to remind our community that drivers are required to remove all frost and snow from their vehicles windows prior to driving on public roads. Removing all the frost and snow from your windows lessons the possibility of striking pedestrians and other vehicles which you may otherwise not see.
We would also like to remind our community of other winter weather safety tips which include:
- Never leave your vehicle unattended when warming it up. If citizens need to warm their cars up they should consider investing in a security kill switch or auto start system for their vehicles.
- Get the feel of the roadway; start out very slowly, then gently test your brakes to find out how well you can stop. Start slowing down long before you come to an intersection or turn.
- Keep a safe distance from vehicles in front of you.
- Reduce speed. There is no such thing as a completely safe speed on snow and ice. Each city block or stretch of highway may be different, depending upon sun, shade, amount of sanding and other conditions.
- Allow yourself plenty of extra time to get to your destination.