ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - At 10:27 a.m. Thursday, KTUU vehicle dashcam footage captured a near-collision between a car and an APD unit.
A KTUU photojournalist was driving southbound on the Seward Highway, when he noticed that a northbound gray 4-door Chrysler PT Cruiser spun out of control. He then witnessed the vehicle cross over into the other lane of traffic. Just ahead, directly in the Chrysler's path, was an APD cruiser.
The APD unit was able to swerve right around the Chrysler, and a collision was narrowly avoided.
Immediately after, the APD officer turned on their lights, and both vehicles pulled off to the side of the road.
Anchorage spends more than half of the year covered in snow. So to help keep yourself and others safe on the road, here are some winter weather driving tips:
Stay alert and reduce speed: When driving on snow and ice, be sure to leave plenty of room between yourself and the vehicle in front of you. Braking power diminishes significantly, during Alaska's winter months of snow and ice. So allow yourself extra time to get to your destination, as to not compromise safety.
Keep vehicle headlights on: Visibility is oftentimes low, which will reduce your reaction time. Be sure to keep your headlights on and drive defensively.
Watch for snow plows: With snow comes snow plows, so be aware that these bulky vehicles will travel at slower speeds. Allow them plenty of room to pass. And if passing them, be sure to only do so when you can see the road ahead is clear and safe.
Be prepared: Make sure your vehicle is winterized – switching to a set of winter tires, as opposed to all-season tires, is advised. Also, make sure you have: working heaters, tire pressure at its recommended level and a more than half-full gas tank. Keeping your gas tank more than half-full will help prevent your fuel lines from freezing.
Keep an emergency kit: Vehicle emergencies are not generally predicted before they occur. So be sure to also carry with you: windshield wiper fluid, a windshield scrapper, jumper cables, a small shovel, a cell phone, a flashlight, a blanket, drinking water and non-perishable food.
What to do if stranded: If you find yourself stranded, the National Weather Service recommends that you do not panic. They do advise you to call someone to let them know you are stranded. They do say to stay put, and they do not say to try to walk to safety. Instead, NWS says to "attach a cloth to your car antenna or mirror to indicate you need help." Dome lights and flashers can also be used to notify you are in distress.