DOT&PF offers safe driving tips

March 20, the official first day of spring according to the calendar, graced Cordova with nearly 18-inches of snow in a 24-hour period in 2017. (Photo by Cinthia Gibbens-Stimson/The Cordova Times)

With the arrival of winter, the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities is offering motorists four safe driving tips.

Motorists are advised to allow for extra time to reach destinations and, if possible, wait until road conditions improve.

Remove snow and ice from the outside of the vehicle, including both windshields, mirrors windows and lights.

Turn on headlights before getting on the road and be sure to use turn signals.

Allow more room between vehicles, giving the driver time to react to unexpected situations.

State transportation officials follow a systematic approach to clearing roads of snow and ice by categorizing every road maintained by the state as one of five priority levels, DOT officials said. Each level is based on traffic volume, speed and connections to communities and other roads within the local transportation network. Response time during winter weather is usually dependent on the severity of the storm.

Remember that posted speed limits are for dry pavement conditions. Drivers can access travel information online at 511.Alaska.Gov or by dialing 5-1-1.