INCLEMENT WEATHER DRIVING TIPS

01/29/2009

With the current weather situation and power outages, Fayetteville Police Chief Greg Tabor reminded motorists to prepare for driving in hazardous conditions and encourage driver’s to use caution in an effort to avoid potential crashes. 

Chief Tabor said the Fayetteville Police Department investigates numerous crashes during times of inclement weather and many of these crashes are avoidable.  Some of the contributing factors include speed too fast for conditions, following too closely, failure to yield and careless driving.  There is also the added concern of the power outages and traffic signals not functioning.  Currently the Fayetteville Police Department doesn’t have the resources to work every intersection.   The Fayetteville Police Department offers the following safety reminders to motorist:

  • Allow a safe driving distance, at least five seconds of space between vehicles. 
  • Slow down. 
  •  Make sure windshield wipers are in proper working order and if you are using your windshield wipers, Arkansas State Law requires you to turn on your headlights.
  • If you are at a traffic signal that isn’t functioning, treat it as a four-way stop
  • Give 100 percent attention to driving.  Inattention is a common contributor to crashes.