Ensuring The Safest Commute Possible
Meanwhile, those on the road are also advised to be sure they are driving properly and safely. As CBS 2’s Dave Carlin reported, the winter weather often has drivers spinning out, slamming brakes, getting hurt.
It is Tim Barrett’s job to steer drivers to safety. As owner of Arrow Auto School, he is on the roads constantly and he sees preventable chaos all too often.
Barrett said the number one winter hazard is ice hiding under snow. Also dangerous is the black ice variety almost impossible to see — but you sure know it when you feel it.
If you are turning the wheel, but your car keeps going straight, that is called a front-wheel skid. Barrett explained us the solution.
He advised whatever you do, do not apply brakes — jamming on them will make it worse. He said you should get your foot off the accelerator, quickly rewind the steering wheel to regain traction, and only when you are in the clear should you gently apply the brakes.
When your back tires lose traction and slide, that is a rear-wheel skid. Barrett also had a fix for that.
The solution, once again, is not to apply the brakes. But this time, you should steer in the same direction as the skid, and if your back wheels are turning left, steer right until you are back in control.
You should also remember that almost all dangerous skidding results from going too fast.
Even ahead of the storm, plows were out in force clearing the streets. But some residents said they weren’t too pleased with the city’s response to Monday’s snow.
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Some residents on Staten Island said side streets in the West Brighton neighborhood were still packed with snow and ice on Tuesday.
“I haven’t seen a plow this morning, I haven’t heard a plow this morning,” Zulan Henderson said.
“The report card for this snow storm? D without a doubt,” said resident Tom Carrera.
Mayor Bill de Blasio admitted Tuesday that the plowing on Staten Island was not ideal.
“That case on Staten Island is simply not acceptable,” de Blasio said.
The mayor admitted he wasn’t happy with the plowing plan on Staten Island for Monday’s storm, especially on Bard Avenue, which, as CBS 2 showed, remained unplowed most of Monday, and is a primary road to a hospital.
“It was not handled properly, and we’re going to fix it,” de Blasio said.
The problems follow a similar fiasco during a winter storm last month when the Upper East Side was complaining of neglect. Some roads remained a mess 24 hours after the snowstorm while the mayor’s Brooklyn neighborhood had been cleared to blacktop.
“The response to the last storm obviously left something to be desired,” de Blasio said Monday. “We did a review of our efforts and we’ve come up with some initial changes that we actually were able to implement right away to improve the snow clearing operations and the response to the storm this time.”
But some New Yorkers say even more must be done.
“If it’s more than 4, 5 inches, you’re pretty much not getting out,” said Jason Lemole of West Brighton. “You might as well leave your car there.”
New Yorkers can use the plow tracker to see the status of snow removal in their neighborhoods at nyc.gov/severeweather.
Working From Home
As WCBS 880’s Paul Murnane reported, many employees have been working from home because of the snowy winter.
Most work can be done anywhere thanks to laptops and smartphones, but it’s up to the boss to decide who works from home and how they do it, Murnane reported.
Experts said without a set policy, workers who come in to the office in bad weather may come to resent those allowed to work from home.
“Are your kids sitting in the same room that you’re in doing work? Why would we expect our employees to be as productive at home? Maybe the goal is to get something out of your employees on these days when they can’t safely get to and from the office,” said David Lewis of OperationsInc., a Norwalk-based HR firm.
Lewis said it’s important to take care of the employees who routinely come into the office with time off down the road or even lunch on the boss.
“People are paralyzed by looking out the window and seeing the snow pile up combined with a lack of communication. So one of the key things I always emphasize for our clients is just tell your employees what you’re thinking as early as possible,” said Lewis.
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