Louisiana State Police have issued a public safety announcement urging motorists across the state, particularly in North Louisiana, to avoid unnecessary travel as wintery precipitation leads to hazardous driving conditions.

Meteorologists have noted that Lafayette and South Louisiana are expected to escape the brunt of the winter weather, with no significant freezing roads or snow anticipated. However, residents are advised to remain cautious and alert to changing weather conditions.

The advisory becomes crucial for individuals working in sectors that necessitate driving or traveling in North Louisiana. In this region, falling wintery precipitation has led to ice accumulation on roads, substantially increasing the risk of accidents. State Troopers are already responding to multiple crashes and assisting disabled motorists, highlighting the dangers currently present on the roads.

In light of these conditions, Louisiana State Police stress the importance of driving safely and heed their advice to avoid all unnecessary travel. For those who must travel, the following tips are provided to ensure safety on icy roads:

1. Slow Down

Reduce your speed to account for lower traction when driving on ice or snow.

2. Increase Following Distance

Allow for more space than usual between your vehicle and the one in front of you.

3. Brake Gently

Apply the brakes gently to avoid skidding. If your wheels start to lock up, ease off the brake.

4. Avoid Cruise Control

Do not use cruise control on slippery surfaces (including ice, snow, and wet roads).

5. Keep Lights On

Use your headlights to increase your visibility to other motorists.

6. Stay Alert

Keep your focus on the road and avoid distractions.

7. Prepare Your Vehicle

Ensure your vehicle is in good condition, with adequate tire tread and properly functioning brakes and lights.

The Louisiana State Police will continue to monitor road conditions. Updates on the weather and road conditions can be found here or on all LSP social channels.

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