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Snowy roads and 22 crashes since midnight in Ada County

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Posted at 9:58 AM, Jan 09, 2024

Overnight Boise saw 1.6 inches of snowfall, and with fresh snow comes hazardous driving conditions.

The Ada County Sheriff's Department received reports of 22 crashes and 6 slide-offs between midnight and 9:15 a.m. on Jan. 9.

Drivers could wake up to the same conditions tomorrow, so be prepared to drive carefully and expect potential delays.

AAA Idaho is sharing these tips with drivers to make sure you stay safe on the slick roads as snow continues to roll into the valley:

  • Check road and weather conditions before you go.  Keep in mind that conditions may change throughout the day and at different elevations, including visibility.
  • In addition to your own comfort level driving on ice and snow, consider the skill level of others who will be sharing the road.  In some cases, it may be better to wait until conditions improve.
  • Dress in layers, rather than bulky coats, for freedom of movement.
  • Clear away snow, ice, and road grime from windows, headlights, brake lights, and your backup camera.
  • In addition to snow and ice, which are especially dangerous on curves, hills, bridges, and shaded areas of the roadway, actively scan the road for sliding vehicles, brake lights, debris, and wildlife.
  • During bad weather, double or even triple your following distance – about 6 to 9 seconds from the vehicle in front of you.
  • Make a smart BET by checking your battery, engine, and tires, especially before a longer trip.
  • Don’t blindly follow your GPS.  If a road hasn’t been properly maintained, choose an alternate route or wait until conditions improve.
  • In the rare event that you need to leave your vehicle at the roadside, leave a note on your dashboard with your first name, phone number, the time, and the direction you traveled.  If you get a ride with a Good Samaritan, note their name and license plate as well.