Povero: Get ready for winter driving

While winter driving conditions haven’t been seen yet in Ontario County, Sheriff Phil Povero and members of the county Highway Superintendent Association are asking for the public’s help to avoid accidents and help plow crews during the season.

“Motorists are encouraged to operate their vehicles at a reduced, reasonable speed with regard to road conditions and poorer visibility due to blowing and drifting snow,” Povero said in a press release. “Motorists should drive defensively, keeping in mind that you could encounter black ice, a slow-moving snowplow or other vehicles entering the highway from behind high snow banks. Please be aware that the snowplow driver may back up his vehicle at an intersection in order to facilitate turning around to go in a different direction. Please do not follow the snow plow too closely.”

Highway superintendents say when you are plowing out your driveway, it is recommended that the snow be plowed from the road to the sides of the driveway. It is best to pile the snow on the right side of your driveway as you face the highway, as that will help keep snow from being plowed back into your driveway by the highway crews.

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