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Wintry weather means headaches for drivers

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Wintry weather means headaches for drivers
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Many people are enjoying a white Christmas. But while snow may look pretty during the holidays, it can be a headache for drivers. Our Sarah Blazonis talked with state troopers about strategies for getting home safely, as another winter storm approaches the region this week.

NEW YORK -- The trip from New York City to Central New York is one James Sanders has made before. But this year, getting home for the holidays had its challenges.

"Your average cars going off the side of the road. Nothing particularly dangerous, but enough to cause traffic to back up. Probably took us twice as long to get up here as usual," said James Sanders, a New York City resident.

It's something State Police say they normally see during the first few snowfalls of the year.

"The past 24 hours has been very busy for the emergency services workers. We've been going call to call. Lot of vehicles off the roadway and slight property damage," said Michael TenEyck, NYSP Lieutenant.

State Police say the weather can make for stressful driving, but it's also a good reminder to take some simple safety precautions.

"Clear off all your windows. Don't have your car look like this car, with just a little tiny hole stuck out. Make sure your windshield wipers are good, make sure all your lights are working, your battery," said Lieutenant TenEyck.

If you do find yourself in a situation where bad weather comes on suddenly or you realize an accident is unavoidable, State Police say there are still steps you can take to keep yourself safe.

"Move over to the side of the road and put your four-ways on. Stay inside your vehicle, especially in the cold weather," said Lieutenant TenEyck.

If you do have to leave your car, troopers recommend getting out on the side away from the road. And if you encounter white-out conditions, pull over to a gas station or other safe location until visibility improves. The piece of advice troopers say is your best bet, is also already a part of many drivers' strategies.

"Drive slowly, that's pretty much it," said Sanders.

Advice that's smart to keep in mind well after the holidays are over. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP