Safety officials provide winter driving tips as snow arrives

Snow arrived in Franklin week and created dangerous road conditions. County officials advise drivers to leave extra time for trips during the winter months to account for poor roads. GREG FORBES/ HAMPTON CHRONICLE

The first significant snow flew in Hampton and Franklin County late last week, which gave emergency response professionals the opportunity to remind motorists to focus on the roads a little more than usual.

Thomas Craighton, Franklin County EMA Coordinator, said the most important thing to remember when driving during a snow event is to plan a trip with extra time built in.

“Even though we might have good roads here, you aren’t guaranteed what other roads are going to be like,” he said.

He added that road conditions throughout the state can be seen at 511ia.org.

Precautions should be taken well before the engine is even turned on, he said. Cars should be equipped with working windshield wipers, a full tank of gas and an emergency kit that includes additional warm weather clothing, a cell phone charger and food and water.

Read the full story in the January 3 edition.