“If there’s moisture and the temperatures are low, you’ve got to assume there’s black ice out there,” said Smith. “You can’t just look and say, ‘Oh, there’s a patch of ice,’ you’ve got to presume the ice is there when it’s below freezing.”
It also helps to perform proper tire upkeep and maintenance — specifically, making sure you have proper tread on your tires.
“That will make the difference,” he said. “Also, a properly inflated tire is going to be doing what it’s supposed to be doing.”
Though all the new roadways — many of them more rural and treacherous than downtown city streets — may present a challenge for the police department, Smith knows his agency is up to the task.
“One thing in our favor is (the new roads) are all state roadways,” he said. “We have to stand up and give a big thanks every year to not only out city street department but the state highway department. Both of those two groups do a great job keeping the snow removed and the ice at a minimum. It doesn’t take very long before the roads are passable against and traffic is able to get through, even on some of those rural sections of state highway.”