Snow Removal is vital to safe driving. Main roads are always cleared first, followed by side streets and less traveled roadways. It is inevitable that some snow will be pushed onto driveway approaches during the process. Here are some things residents can do the help during a snow storm.

  • Wait until the street is cleared before removing snow from driveway approaches.
  • Do not park on city streets for eight hours following a snowfall of two inches or more.
  • Do not blow or shovel snow onto the street when clearing sidewalks and driveways.
  • If you have a fire hydrant in front of home home, keep it free of ice and snow so that firefighters can locate and get to it quickly in a fire emergency.
  • Be a good neighbor by helping elderly neighbors with snow removal and by keeping school bus stops and school crossings clear.

 Driving In Snowy or Icy Conditions

The best way to avoid problems in icy weather is to not drive at all. However, if you can’t avoid it, try to wait until the City plows and/or salts the streets. Slow down and allow plenty of extra room between you and the car in front of you. Apply the brakes gently to avoid skidding and ease off the brake if the wheels start to lock. Be especially careful on bridges, overpasses and less traveled roads. Also, make sure your car is in good working condition by checking the following:

Make sure headlights, taillights and brake lights are clean and in working condition.

  • Check wiper blades and make sure you have plenty of fluid.
  • Test your battery to avoid being stranded in the cold.
  • Check the tread and tire pressure on your tires.
  • Be sure you have plenty of antifreeze.
  • Make sure your brakes are in good condition.
  • Never let your car run low on fuel during the winter months. Keep equipment in the car that you may need: jumper cables, shovel, bag of salt or cat litter, a working flashlight and extra batteries, an ice scraper and snow brush and extra windshield wiper fluid.
  • Also have warm clothing and blankets, especially if you travel long distances.
  • Make sure your cell phone is with you and is charged.


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