A massive accident occurring just east of Buffalo early Tuesday afternoon should have all New York motorists reacquainting themselves with safety procedures.

The crash involved 75 cars and extended almost a mile along the well-travelled New York State Thruway. There was one fatality and another person suffered injuries considered to be life-threatening.

The Thruway had to be closed in both directions between Exit 48A and Exit 50, which is roughly the portion between Pembroke and the I-290 interchange leading from the Thruway toward Niagara Falls.

Most of us have experienced these situations, and maybe even had some close calls over the years of living in snowy Central New York. But, we sometimes forget the modified rules of the road that should apply during these treacherous conditions, and we can always use a refresher course.

  • Accelerate and decelerate slowly
  • Drive slowly
  • The normal dry pavement following distance of three to four seconds should be increased to eight to ten seconds
  • Don't stop if you can avoid it
  • Don't power up hills
  • Don't stop going up a hill

How'd you do with that checklist? For your own safety and the safety of others, let's all be cautious out there on the roadways of New York State this winter.

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