Morgan County Sheriff Department
Weather Watch & Driving Conditions
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Morgan Co. Sheriff Robert Downey encourages Morgan Co. motorist to be Informed Safe Drivers.....
Before leaving home, find out about the driving conditions.
Check the links below before leaving home each day.
Remove any snow on your vehicle’s windows, lights, brake lights and signals.
Make sure you can see and be seen.
Check your vehicle’s tires, wiper blades, fluids, lights, belts and hoses.
A breakdown is bad on a good day and dangerous on a bad-weather day.
Leave plenty of time to reach your destination safely. It’s not worth
putting yourself and others in a dangerous situation just to be on time.
NOAA Weather Service - Martinsville Area
NOAA Weather Service - Choose your area
Very detailed weather and road conditions including
real time camera in Bloomington
"Very detailed road conditions" for most Indiana areas including Morgan Co.
includes road closures, restrictions, danger areas, crashes, and traffic problems.
Run mouse over colored dots for more detailed information on a given area.
Indiana County Travel Status
Indianapolis Area Traffic Conditions, including many real time
camera views, and current traffic speeds
Driving in Snow and
The best advice for driving in bad winter
weather is not to drive at all, if you can avoid it.
Don't go out until the snow plows and sanding
trucks have had a chance to do their work, and allow yourself extra time to
reach your destination.
If you must drive in snowy conditions, make
sure your car is prepared, and that you know how to handle road
Driving safely on icy roads
- Decrease your speed and leave yourself plenty
of room to stop. You should allow at least three times more space than usual
between you and the car in front of you.
- Brake gently to avoid skidding. If your wheels
start to lock up, ease off the brake.
- Turn on your lights to increase your
visibility to other motorists.
- Keep your lights and windshield clean.
- Use low gears to keep traction, especially on
- Don't use cruise control or overdrive on icy
- Be especially careful on bridges, overpasses
and infrequently traveled roads, which will freeze first. Even at temperatures
above freezing, if the conditions are wet, you might encounter ice in shady
areas or on exposed roadways like bridges.
- Don't pass snow plows and sanding trucks. The
drivers have limited visibility, and you're likely to find the road in front of
them worse than the road behind.
- Don't assume your vehicle can handle all
conditions. Even four-wheel and front-wheel drive vehicles can encounter trouble
on winter roads.
If your rear wheels skid...
- Take your foot off the accelerator.
- Steer in the direction you want the front
wheels to go. If your rear wheels are sliding left, steer left. If they're
sliding right, steer right.
- If your rear wheels start sliding the other
way as you recover, ease the steering wheel toward that side. You might have to
steer left and right a few times to get your vehicle completely under control.
- If you have standard brakes, pump them gently.
- If you have anti-lock brakes (ABS), do not
pump the brakes. Apply steady pressure to the brakes. You will feel the brakes
pulse — this is normal.
If your front wheels skid...
- Take your foot off the gas and shift to
neutral, but don't try to steer immediately.
- As the wheels skid sideways, they will slow
the vehicle and traction will return. As it does, steer in the direction you
want to go. Then put the transmission in "drive" or release the clutch, and
If you get stuck...
- Do not spin your wheels. This will only dig
you in deeper.
- Turn your wheels from side to side a few times
to push snow out of the way.
- Use a light touch on the gas, to ease your car
- Use a shovel to clear snow away from the
wheels and the underside of the car.
- Pour sand, kitty litter, gravel or salt in the
path of the wheels, to help get traction.
- Try rocking the vehicle. (Check your owner's
manual first — it can damage the transmission on some vehicles.) Shift from
forward to reverse, and back again. Each time you're in gear, give a light touch
on the gas until the vehicle gets going.
Please Drive Safely, Sheriff Robert J. Downey
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