Troopers in Fairbanks talk safe winter driving as seasons change

Winter tires, emergency kits, and flares. Just a few of the things troopers suggest for safely navigating winter weather.
With temperatures dropping below freezing at night, roads will soon be icy and snowy.
With temperatures dropping below freezing at night, roads will soon be icy and snowy.(John Dougherty/KTVF)
Published: Sep. 29, 2020 at 4:02 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Driving can be treacherous in any season -- but during winter, it is especially dangerous. Alaska State Troopers say there are steps you can take to keep you safe while driving in winter.

With most of the leaves on the ground and temperatures quickly dropping, fall is fast turning into winter in Fairbanks. Soon, snow will blanket the fields and ice will cover the roads. Even before the snow flies, Alaska State Trooper Derek Cottle says it is important to prepare your vehicle.

“Take the time now to make sure your car is ready for winter. That means having good cold weather gear such as an extra hat, extra gloves, cold weather jacket, some boots, a tow strap, [and] some self recovery gear,” Cottle said. He recommends putting all the gear into a tote and leaving it in the car for during the winter just in case something happens.

Cottle also said that it is important to buy and mount good winter tires now before snow falls and tire shops are booked. He also said getting a winter service is important to make sure your vehicle is in good mechanical condition for the winter months.

Once it does get snowy and icy, Cottle says, “Take the extra time to get to where you are going. It’s more important that you get there safely than it is to get there quickly. So that being said, take a few extra minutes in the morning, give yourself time to drive a little slower.”

Cottle concluded bay saying another thing drivers should do is make sure their tires are at the right pressure.

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