Drivers in Juneau should be Cautious during Snowy Conditions

    Juneau, AK (KINY) - Juneau Police are recommending extra caution with the recent snow fall.

    Police have reported several vehicle crashes, as well as vehicles sliding off of the roadway. Conditions are expected to be present tonight, as well as tomorrow.

    Department of Transportation and City and Borough of Juneau Streets crews are aware of the conditions and are working continuously to improve Juneau roads.

    Police provided some tips about driving on snowy or icy roads in a press release:

    -Slow down. Even if you have all-wheel drive, reduce your speed about 10 miles per hour below the speed limit. If it still feels iffy, cut back another five miles per hour until you're comfortable.

    -Avoid tailgating. On the highway, leave about 100 yards (about the length of a football field) between you and the car ahead of you to give you plenty of room to stop in case that person brakes suddenly.

    -Your headlights should be used during any situation with lowered visibility, even during the day.

    -Never use your phone or other devices that could be distracting while driving.

    -Look for pedestrians crossing the streets.

    Pedestrians should also take extra caution. Make sure when crossing a street that the driver can see you. Only proceed when it's safe to do so.

    Drivers are reminded to give themselves a little extra time when going places, drive at a reasonable speed, and be cautious of pedestrians as braking distances may increase.

    If driving during the inclement conditions isn't absolutely necessary, consider staying at home.

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