Due to numerous accidents caused by the winter weather, the Marshall County Commissioners have issued a travel advisory for travel on country roads.
The commissioners issued the advisory yesterday afternoon, urging citizens to use caution while driving. Routine travel or activities may be restricted in some areas because of hazardous conditions, and businesses may begin to implement their emergency action plans.
The advisory indicates that travel can be risky due to the snow-covered and slick road conditions, so for drivers’ safety, the commissioners are encouraging anyone that does not have to be on the road to stay home.
However, if you must travel, give yourself additional time to reach your destination, slow down, and increase your following distance. Carry a “winter storm survival kit” in your vehicle that includes a cell phone, charger, flashlight, blanket, batteries, extra clothing, a first aid kit, snack food, a small can and water-proof matches to melt snow for drinking water, and a sack of sand or cat litter for traction.
It would also be wise to carry a small shovel, jumper cables, flares, or an orange flag to tie to your antenna. Be sure to keep your gas tank full, and as a precaution, let someone know your travel plans in case you get stuck.