What to Do if You Slide Off the Road, Tips Before You Drive in the Snow and Ice

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KFTA) — Icy and treacherous conditions this weekend means that if you have to drive, be sure you do it with caution.

Fayetteville police say a small amount of snow causes officers to work three to four times more  crashes than they would typically work in a day.

Sgt. Anthony Murphy says you should only drive on Saturday if you absolutely need to, and be sure to prepare for the worst.

That includes keeping basic necessities  in your car that can come in handy if you do become stranded on the side of the road.

“Blankets, batteries, phone charger, maybe an external phone charger just in case your phone goes dead,” Murphy said.

Before you leave your house, Murphy says to tell a friend where you’re going and what you’re route will be.

If you slide off the road and need help, but it’s not an emergency, make sure you call your local police department’s non-emergency phone number.

And if it is an emergency, don’t hesitate to call 911.

Murphy says try to be as specific as possible when talking with dispatch, by pointing out landmarks like street names and the color of houses around you.

This weekend it’s especially important to drive for the conditions of the road — not the speed limit. 

That means driving slow, taking your time, and having a full tank of gas on hand.

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