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DOT Snow mound warning

AMES (KWWL) – The Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) and Iowa Operation Lifesaver is urging motorists to use extra caution at roadway intersections and rail crossings where a driver's view may be obstructed by snow mounds or slick road conditions exist.

The Iowa DOT and Iowa OL remind drivers that all highway/railroad crossings are marked with crossbucks, which are the same as yield signs, and some crossings may also be marked with a stop sign or yield sign.

Driving tips

· Stop. Motorists should not continue into a crossing or intersection until they are certain it is safe to do so, and then proceed with caution.

· Slow down. Everything takes longer on snow- or ice-covered roads.

· Speed kills. On "Ice and Snow ... Take It Slow." Watch for an advanced railroad crossing warning sign, so you can stop before the crossing.

· Concentrate on the driving task. Hang up the cell phone and take off the headphones.

· Know your vehicle's braking system. If you have anti-lock brakes, do not pump them, but instead brake with firm pressure. If you have an older vehicle, or one without anti-lock brakes, pumping the brakes as you head into a slide will help you regain control of the vehicle.

· Stop. Always stop at least 15 feet before the rail crossing. Be especially careful on icy roads to make sure you will not slide onto the tracks.

· Listen. Snow can muffle the sound of an approaching train. Crack the window, and lower the sound of the radio and heater.

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