General Driving Tips
Safety is always a priority for the Transportation Cabinet. Please help us make our roadways safer by complying with our laws.
Speed Limit: Kentucky's speed limit is 65 m.p.h. on rural sections of Kentucky's interstates and on most parkways. Other roads are as posted.
Seat Belts: Kentucky has a mandatory seat belt law, so please, buckle up.
Child Restraints: Federally approved child restraint seats are required by Kentucky law for all children 40 inches tall or less.
Turning: Kentucky has a right turn on red law, unless an intersection sign states otherwise.
Driving Under the Influence: Please, for your safety and the safety of others, don't drink and drive. If convicted of D.U.I., first-time offenders can expect a 90-day license suspension, fines of $200-$500, and possible jail time up to 30 days. Penalties are more severe for second and subsequent convictions.
Accidents: If you are involved in an accident, notify the nearest state police post or call 1-800-222-5555. Accidents not investigated by the police involving personal injury or property damage of $500 or more must be reported by the individual to the Justice Cabinet within 10 days. Official forms are available from any police department or state police officer.
To Report Someone: To report a reckless driver or someone who you think may be violating Kentucky's traffic laws, call the Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement at 1-800-928-2402.
Winter Driving Tips
Prepare for the Trip
Prevent crashes on the road
Maintain Your Car
- Is your battery good?
- Tires...is the tread okay? Do you need snow tires?
- See and be seen...keep your windows clear of snow.
- Put on-freeze windshield washer fluid in the reservoir.
- Check your Cooling System's Antifreeze
Have on Hand
- Jumper cables
- Abrasive materials (sand, kitty litter, traction mats, or even floor mats)
- Snow brush / ice scraper
Long Trips? Add...
- Mobile phone
Stopped or Stalled
- Stay with your car
- Don't over exert
- Put bright marker on antenna / in windows / shine dome light
- Clear exhaust pipe, if you run your car
- Run your care enough just to remove the chill
Plan Your Route
- Be familiar with maps / directions to avoid confusion
- Check the weather reports and adjust starting time
- Let others know how you are coming and when you will arrive
New to Cold Weather Driving? Practice
- In a wide open snow or ice-covered parking lot (during daylight) rehearse slow driving maneuvers
- Steer into skid
- Know what your brakes will do...
- Slow down. Stopping distances are longer on snow and / or ice-covered roads
- Don't be tempted to start your car in an enclosed space or idle for a long time with windows up
- Buckle up
- Use child safety seats properly
- Never place a rear-facing seat in front of an air bag
- The safest place for all children under 12 is in the back seat
- Sit back 10 inches from an air bag
- As always: drugs and alcohol don't mix with driving - its even worse on slippery roads
- Slow down and increase distance between cars
- Keep your eyes open for pedestrians walking in the road
- Get plenty of rest / avoid fatigue
- Stop every three hours
- Rotate drivers