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:
If you are traveling and see a crash ahead of you, try touching your brakes. If you start to slide, take your foot off the pedals and try to guide your vehicle to the safest part of the road, which might mean going into the ditch.
If you end up in the ditch or in the middle of a crash, stay in your vehicle and call 911 for assistance.
Here’s a reminder from AAA about winter driving safety - https://youtu.be/m5LkTkW3TDY
For 2020, there were a total of 338 fatalities reported. So far in 2021, there have been 24 deaths in traffic crashes. That is an increase of one since last Monday. To see statistics published daily by the Office of Driver Services, go to the daily fatality report at https://www.iowadot.gov/mvd/stats/daily.pdf