Stay safe on the roads this winter
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When you’re shoveling or blowing snow, don’t heave it into the street. Throwing snow back onto cleared streets just makes things worse for everyone, inevitably including you: When the village plow makes another pass, guess whose driveway the new pile will block?
If you have a catch basin in the street in front of your house, try to remove any snow or ice blocking it so that melting snow and ice can drain effectively. And if you have a fire hydrant on your property, make sure to clear snow from it so it can be found and accessed in an emergency.
Keep a supply of ice melt on hand to clear your driveway and sidewalks, because ice is far more hazardous for vehicles and pedestrians than snow. Salt — sodium chloride — is the old standby, but a product with calcium chloride is more environmentally friendly, because it won’t eat away at pavement or damage your lawn. And don’t spread sand, which can actually make hard ice more slippery.
The bottom line on being safe in the winter is common sense. Behind the wheel, don’t try to do more than your vehicle can handle in inclement conditions. And if you don’t feel safe going out, don’t. Very few things are worth the risk.