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Low: 9 Winds: N 3-6 mph
Tomorrow: Sun Returns - A Little Warmer but Still Below Average.
High: 31 Winds: SE 4-8 mph
Thursday: Sleet & Light Freezing ...
Avoiding Icy Accidents
MONTGOMERY COUNTY -- Slick conditions on roads always lead to dozens of accidents and slide offs.
State police say the construction zone on I-75 going through downtown Dayton is one of the most dangerous areas when road conditions are slick because too many drivers do not slow down,.
"In my opinion 95-98% of our weather related crashes are due to some sort of unsafe speed for that condition," said Ohio State Highway Patrol Sgt. Jeff Kramer.
Police say not leaving enough distance between you and the car in front you is another crash culprit.
"If the weather is bad the roads are slushy, they're ice covered. You need to stay further back and further back," Kramer said.
We wanted to know which roads are considered accident hot spots in icy conditions. According to OSHP accident statistics, I-75 in downtown Dayton, I-70 at 75 in Vandalia, and U.S. 35 at Smithville are the top three most dangerous areas for wintertime driving..
"People when they get into trouble is in a turn or curve because they carry too much speed in and they don't have enough traction so it'll slide out," said PDS Driving School owner Jeff Caldwell.
Caldwell has a special car that simulates driving, and sliding out, on snow and ice. He says you can avoid a crash by knowing how to control your car.
Caldwell says if you feel your front sliding out, regain control by moving the steering wheel back and forth. And if the back end fishtails on icy roads turn your wheel in the direction your car is sliding in, then gradually straighten out the wheel
Another good tip, as soon as you feel yourself going into a slide or skid, take both of your feet off the pedals. Then gradually press on the brake as you regain control of your car.
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