Monday, December 05, 2011
|Bernalillo County Public Works road crews are in a constant state of readiness for keeping our roads safe for travel during inclement weather.
We want the residents of Bernalillo County to know that we have their safety in mind and we are certainly on top of any storm. Salt and sand are ordered in advance and there is severe storm material stockpiled, at any given time.
To report snowy road conditions outside of the city limits, call the Bernalillo County Public Works main number at 848-1503. Calls for service are logged and transmitted every few hours to the supervisors for their awareness. Also, the x1503 extension has a recording that provides an after-hours phone number for non-emergency hazard and safety calls.
Tips for driving in the snow:
· Don't power up hills. Applying extra gas on snow-covered roads just starts your wheels spinning. Try to get a little inertia going before you reach the hill and let that inertia carry you to the top.
· Accelerate and decelerate slowly. Applying the gas slowly to accelerate is the best method for regaining traction and avoiding skids. Don't try to get moving in a hurry. And take time to slow down for a stoplight. Remember: It takes longer to slow down on icy roads.
· Drive slowly. Everything takes longer on snow-covered roads. Accelerating, stopping, turning - nothing happens as quickly as on dry pavement. Give yourself time to maneuver by driving slowly.
· Increase driving following distance. The normal dry pavement following distance of three to four seconds should be increased to eight to ten seconds. This increased margin of safety will provide the longer distance needed if you have to stop.
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