Icy roadways cause problems for drivers

Icy roadways cause problems for drivers

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Icy conditions around the Tri-State caused problems on the roads Saturday morning.

The AA Highway reopened in both directions around 1 p.m. after a crash near closed the road for a few hours.

WB Ronald Reagan Highway near I-75 also reopened around 1 p.m. after being closed for several hours. Crews closed the roads when multiple cars wrecked due to the icy conditions. One of the crashes involved a fire truck. A police officer was also hit while on scene in that area and reportedly suffered minor injuries.

Salt trucks were called to help combat the icy roads around 8 a.m.

As temperatures increase throughout the day, the ice will melt making for safer road conditions.

AAA says it's been a busy day for them already. From midnight to 9 a.m. the Cincinnati branch responded to about 150 calls from drivers. Some of the drivers slid off the road while others had mechanical issues including frozen locks and battery problems.

The insurance company provided these tips for driving and braking on black ice:

  • Be on the lookout. Black ice is often darker and duller than the rest of the road surface.
  • Use extreme caution in certain areas including bridges and overpasses.
  • Slow down. Accelerate, turn and brake gradually.
  • Watch the traffic ahead. Slow down for brake and emergency lights.
  • Never use cruise control on slippery roads.
  • Avoid changing lanes when possible.
  • Carry a winter weather kit in your car with an ice scraper, blanket, flashlight jumper cables, shovel, etc.
  • Minimize the need to brake on ice.
  • Control the skid. Ease off the accelerator and steer in the direction you want the front of the car to go.
  • If your car has anti-lock braking, do not remove your foot from the brake during a skid.
  • If your car does not have ABS, keep the heal of your foot on the floor and use the ball of your foot to modulate pressure.

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