Mother Nature ushers in 2010
Mother Nature welcomed the new year with snow, salt and sand as a common site in the tri-county area over the new year's weekend with snow plows and salt trucks trying to clean up the roads for safe passage.
Numerous residents of both Cherokee Village and Ash Flat slid off in ditches during the early morning hours of Jan. 3 when nearly 2 inches of snow fell after a prediction of only snow flurries.
Wreckers were busy all morning as residents tried to make their way out of their homes. Many awoke to icy snow covered roads, making driving in the area treacherous.
When roads are icy, it is advised by the National Safety Council not to drive unless necessary and also offers these tips if you must drive in snowy or icy conditions:
* Decrease your speed and leave yourself plenty of room to stop.
* Brake gently to avoid skidding. If your wheels start to lock up, ease off the brake.
* Always drive with your lights on.
* Keep your lights and your windshield clean.
* Never use your cruise control on icy roads.
* Be especially careful on bridges and overpasses. These roads will freeze first.
* Never pass snow plows or sanding trucks. The drivers have limited visibility, and the road in front of them is probably worse than the road behind.
*Just because your vehicle is four-wheel or front-wheel drive does not mean it can handle icy roads.
It is also a good idea to be sure to have a blanket, flashlight and bottled water in the vehicle in case of a breakdown. Having a fully charged cell phone and GPS is also very helpful to drivers in the event of an emergency.