MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Memphis, Shelby County, and DeSoto County activated their inclement weather policies due to icy road conditions.
If you are involved in a car accident and there are no injuries, drinking or drugs involved, and no wreckers are needed, exchange names, addresses, phone numbers, insurance and vehicle tag numbers, then report it to police later. Both drivers should make arrangements to meet at the nearest MPD precinct or report to the MPD Traffic Office at 1925 Union Avenue. Drivers need their vehicles, proof of insurance, and vehicle registrations to file a crash report within 10 business days.
Please dial 911 for an emergency and to report a non-emergency please dial 662-469-8027.
Here are tips from MPD to help you stay safe when driving in hazardous winter conditions:
- Make sure your car is prepared for cold temperatures and wintry conditions. Keep your equipment properly maintained and, if possible, include a winter survival kit in your vehicle: an ice scraper, snow shovel and sand/salt.
- Clear snow and ice off your vehicle's windows, mirrors, lights, reflectors, hood, roof and trunk.
- Drive with your headlights on, and be sure to keep them clean to improve visibility.
- Avoid using cruise control in snowy or icy conditions. You want as much control of your car as possible.
- Know how to brake on slippery surfaces. Vehicles with anti-lock brakes operate much differently from those that do not have anti-lock brakes. You should consult your vehicle's owner's manual for instructions on how to brake properly if your vehicle should start to skid.
- Maintain at least a half tank of gas during the winter season. This helps ensure you have a source of heat if you are stuck or stranded.
- Keep your windshield washer reservoir full, and make sure your car has wiper blades that are in good condition.
- Remember that speed limits are meant for dry roads, not roads covered in snow and ice. You should reduce your speed and increase your following distance as road conditions and visibility worsen.
- Be cautious on bridges and overpasses as they are commonly the first areas to become icy.
- Avoid passing sand trucks. The drivers can have limited visibility, and the road in front of them could be worse than the road behind.
- Monitor road and weather conditions by checking local news stations or internet traffic and weather sites.
- Avoid the temptation to be on your phone while driving as all of your attention should be on arriving safely.
- Dress appropriately for extreme cold temperatures just in case your vehicle stalls, a crash occurs, etc. Allow yourself plenty of time to get to your destination.