February 26, 2021
Also known as clear ice, this unexpected and often hard-to-see thin layer of transparent ice on the road can cause your vehicle to skid and you to lose control. Here are some tips for driving on Iowa’s wintry roads:
Not everyone appreciates a big bear hug, but we all need that snug tug from a seat belt when you’re ready to road trip. Some people think they can rely solely on airbags and not use seat belts, but did you know that seat belts are made to work with airbags, not replace them? If you don’t wear your seat belt, you could be thrown into a rapidly opening frontal airbag. Such force could injure or even kill you.
Data in and of itself has no value. But using complete, accurate, and timely data to drive decision-making is one element that can make or break an organization. From average daily traffic counts to vacuum-saturated specific gravity testing and thousands of data points in between, we gather, store, analyze and rely on a wide range of data and information to support business functions across the agency.
Recently, creating a framework for the data that is produced and leveraged by all of our divisions has been the task of an agency-wide Data Management Committee (see the member list at the end of this post). The committee has developed a “Strategic Data Business Plan” to lay the groundwork for how we manage and govern data we produce and manage here at the Iowa DOT.
Hearing your name over a loudspeaker or on TV can be exciting, but sometimes the biggest heroes are the ones providing strong, quiet support outside of the fanfare. In football, the quarterback wouldn’t be able to do his job well without a solid offensive line. Yet, you’re much more apt to know the name of the winning quarterback than the left tackle. The same is true for a designated driver providing support for those who need a safe ride home.
We’re hoping one of those repetitive motions is buckling up every time you get into a vehicle. While the latest Iowa seat belt survey showed that 95.2 percent of front-seat occupants are wearing seat belts, the survey does not measure whether back seat passengers are belted.