Arizona travelers hitting icy, snowy roads in the high country

Posted at 9:11 PM, Dec 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-26 00:57:54-05

Thousands of people in the high country are hitting the roads this holiday season, and highways are slick with ice and snow.

Before you head out into snowy or icy conditions, the Arizona Department of Transportation has some tips to help keep you safe.

  • Prepare your vehicle for winter conditions — take a look at the battery, the defroster and the brake.
  • Make sure your headlights, tail lights and brake lights can be seen in low visibility.
  • When driving, use snow tires or chains.
  • If your car has trouble while out on the road, try to stop in a safe place. But if you can't, turn on your hazard lights, and wear a safety reflector vest while out of the vehicle.
  • Keep an ice scraper handy and a small shovel in your car in case you get stuck in snow.
  • Try to keep your tank three-quarters full.
  • When you see a snow plow, don't pass it. Slow down, and give them extra room.
  • Plowed snow can create a cloud that reduces visibility.
  • Before you head out, have your cell phone fully charged. Plan your route, and let family or friends know where you're going and when you'll get there.