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Roadside crews help Tri-State drivers, AAA offers tips to stay safe

AAA crews helping a car (Photo: FOX19 NOW/Lindsey Wopschall) AAA crews helping a car (Photo: FOX19 NOW/Lindsey Wopschall)
A driver ran into a fire hydrant at The Banks on Mehring Way. No injuries were reported at that accident (Photo: FOX19 NOW/Lindsey Wopschall) A driver ran into a fire hydrant at The Banks on Mehring Way. No injuries were reported at that accident (Photo: FOX19 NOW/Lindsey Wopschall)
William Howard Taft was closed at Columbia Parkway in both directions to allow crews to treat the road early Wednesday morning (Photo: FOX19 NOW/Lindsey Wopschall) William Howard Taft was closed at Columbia Parkway in both directions to allow crews to treat the road early Wednesday morning (Photo: FOX19 NOW/Lindsey Wopschall)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Commute times tripled for Ohio drivers as they faced slick road conditions Wednesday.

William Howard Taft was closed at Columbia Parkway in both directions to allow crews to treat the road early Wednesday morning. 

A driver ran into a fire hydrant at The Banks on Mehring Way. No injuries were reported at that accident.

Those two incidents that are among the several that were called in to Cincinnati officials. 

Some drivers experiencing had difficulty even getting on the roads. A car was stuck in the snow on Gilbert Avenue, but luckily there were people who were able to help.

“The roads are pretty bad this morning, I just saw him, I was coming outside for a minute and I saw him on the road and I wanted to go help him,” said Jared Laney, who helped get the driver and his vehicle unstuck.

All this despite efforts, like from Hamilton County crews, who started at 4 a.m. salting roads.

"When the temperature dips down into the low teens the snow will stick to the pavement and the salt is not as impacted,” said Hamilton County Engineer, Ted Hubbard.

AAA crews say they have had 645 calls total in the greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area Wednesday. Since Feb.12, they say they've approached over 5,000 calls.

Calls from people who spun off the road while driving.

"People were calling in and what would normally take us 25 minutes on a normal day took us 45, 50 or 60 minutes,” said Triple A Fleet Manager, Gary Legge.

AAA says more than 40 percent of the calls received are linked to the cold conditions such as, dead batteries and flat tires. AAA has rescued a total of 4,600 local Tri-State drivers since Feb. 12.

Roads were cleared up early Wednesday afternoon, but with temperatures headed to below zero these roads have a huge potential for black ice which means they can still be dangerous.

Officials with AAA have offered some help tips to help drivers to stay safe and keep their cars on the go:

  • AAA recommends that motorists make sure they have adequate levels of antifreeze.
  • A strong battery is recommended during single digit and sub-zero temperatures.  
  • Buy lubricant to avoid frozen doors and door locks.  AAA say applying de-icing solution before the colder temperatures arrive is the best way to avoid frozen doors and locks.
  • If possible, avoid using the parking brake in below-freezing weather because it may freeze in the locked position. 
  • Warm up your vehicle before driving.
  • Check tire pressure to prevent a flat tire. AAA says that for every 10 degrees the temperature drops, one pound of tire pressure is lost.
  • If possible, park your car in a garage.  If you cannot park your car in a garage, AAA recommends that you select a place that is protected from wind and park your vehicle so the front grill is turned away front he wind or use a tarp or cardboard across the grill to protect the engine. 
  • AAA recommends that you keep your gas tank at least half full to allow for extra running time to contend with the possible delays while driving.
  • Drivers are advised by AAA to keep to a winter survival kit in your car with following items:
    •  Charged cell phone
    • Blankets and heavy winter clothing
    • Disposable hand and feet warmers
    • Scraper
    • Shovel
    • Flashlight
    • Jumper cables
    • Water 

Drivers can request AAA Emergency Road Service by phone, website and by the AAA mobile app

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