Anchor: On a snow day, it’s best to not drive but if you inevitably have to get on the road, you should exercise extra caution.
Our Bae Joo-yon has some tips for drivers on a snow day.
Report: When there is heavy snowfall, sloping roads become extremely dangerous. That's because drivers lose control of their tires and their vehicles slide in unintended directions, causing accidents.
On icy roads, controlling the wheel or hitting the brakes is not easy. Even on roads where there is busy traffic, drivers must refrain from increasing their speed as some parts of the roads could be slippery and as the stopping distance becomes longer due to snow.
A vehicle traveling 50 kilometers per hour on a snowy road slides 44 meters after it abruptly stops. That’s three times the stopping distance that would be recorded on a normal road.
Therefore, drivers are advised to keep a distance three times wider than usual with the car ahead on an icy road.
Drivers are also advised to use chains and other equipment to keep their tires from slipping on ice. If not equipped with such devices, drivers should spray sand or soil on their tires and start off in second gear.
When traveling to an area that is seeing excessive snowfall, drivers should first check out road and traffic conditions. Drivers can find out the conditions of super highways from the Korea Expressway Corporation’s information bureau. Data on national roads can be found from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport’s regional management offices.
If drivers get stuck on the road due to heavy snow, they should call 119 and get help.
Bae Joo-yon, KBS World Radio News.