CHESTER, Mass. (WWLP) – Emergency crews were called to a rollover accident on Route 20 in Chester.

The Chester-Blandford Police Department says no one was severely injured but the occupants of the vehicle were taken to the hospital for evaluation. A photo shared by the department shows a vehicle on its side off the road near the Walker Island campsite.

Police are reminding drivers to slow down during the winter for the risk of black ice on roadways. AAA says, nearly half a million crashes and over 2,000 road deaths are caused by winter storms, bad weather, and sloppy road conditions.

“Winter weather, whether in the next three days or over the next three months, leads to a disproportionate number of crashes this time of year involving bad weather and winter storms,” said Mary Maguire, AAA Northeast Vice President of Public and Government Affairs. “Snow and sleet can cause significant safety problems by reducing visibility and making it difficult to safely maneuver or stop, but by being vigilant behind the wheel, motorists can help to reduce the number of crashes and fatalities.”

AAA recommends the following tips while driving in snowy and icy conditions:

  • Stay home. If you really don’t have to go out, don’t. Even if you can drive well in bad weather, it’s better to avoid taking unnecessary risks by venturing out.
  • Drive slowly. Always adjust your speed down to account for lower traction when driving on snow or ice.
  • Check Your Tires. Make sure tires are properly inflated and have sufficient tread depth for grip in rainy or snowy conditions. Tires should be replaced if they have less than 4/32” of depth. In regions that receive light to moderate snowfall, all-season tires (M+S rated) should be sufficient. Snow tires are helpful in areas that receive heavy snowfall.
  • Accelerate and decelerate slowly. Apply the gas slowly to regain traction and avoid skids. Don’t try to get moving in a hurry and take time to slow down for a stoplight. Remember:  it takes longer to slow down on icy roads.
  • Increase your following distance. Allow five to six seconds of the following distance between your vehicle and any vehicle in front of you. This space allows you time to stop safely if the other driver brakes suddenly.
  • Know your brakes. Whether you have antilock brakes or not, keep the heel of your foot on the floor and use the ball of your foot to apply firm, steady pressure on the brake pedal. Don’t pump the brakes.
  • Don’t stop if you can avoid it. There’s a big difference in the amount of inertia it takes to start moving from a full stop versus how much it takes to get moving while still rolling. If you can slow down enough to keep rolling until a traffic light changes, do it.
  • Don’t power up hills. Applying extra gas on snow-covered roads just starts your wheels spinning. Try to get a little inertia going before you reach the hill and let that inertia carry you to the top. As you reach the crest of the hill, reduce your speed and proceed downhill slowly.
  • Don’t stop going up a hill. There’s nothing worse than trying to get moving up a hill on an icy road. Get some inertia going on a flat roadway before you take on the hill.