ABC News (NEW YORK) — A major storm is moving from west to east Saturday, leaving roads especially dangerous as travelers head home after Christmas.Snow is falling in Denver Saturday morning and wind gusts continue to increase, nearing 35 mph. The blowing and drifting snow is causing limited visibility for drivers, which could wreak havoc on roadways.Freezing rain is also falling in the Twin Cities Saturday morning, and police in Minnesota are warning drivers to stay home as dangerous ice covers roadways.Many accidents have also been reported in the region.Up to a half an inch of pure ice could accumulate in parts of Upper Midwest Saturday into Sunday.Airlines have issued weather waivers for passengers traveling through Midwest and Upper Midwest airports Saturday and Sunday.Meanwhile, severe thunderstorms are expected from Texas to Missouri on Saturday. These storms could bring damaging winds and a chance for tornadoes for the heartland.By Sunday, the storm is forecast to hit the Great Lakes, the Ohio Valley and the Gulf Coast.In the Upper Midwest and the northern Plains, heavy snow with whiteout conditions is possible, with ice and sleet further east into the western Great Lakes.By Sunday night into Monday morning, the leading edge of the storm will move into the Northeast, with ice and snow in New England and heavy rain in the Mid-Atlantic, from Washington, D.C. to New York City.Driving conditions may be dangerous in the Northeast Monday morning.By Monday into Tuesday, some areas in the Northeast could see 6 inches of snow with ice and sleet on top of that.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
A record 921 drivers from First Bus have received a special commendation for their driving performance. The drivers, who are based across First Bus in the UK from Cornwall to Aberdeen, have been presented with ‘GreenRoad Fleet Elite Awards’, designed to reward and recognise the company’s safest and greenest drivers. The number of First Bus drivers to achieve the much heralded Fleet Elite status has increased by 13% since 2014 (817 drivers received Fleet Elite awards in 2014).All First Bus drivers are measured on their ‘DriveGreen’ performance – a unique system designed to provide customers with a safer, smoother journey, while also helping to reduce fuel consumption.A DriveGreen ‘traffic light’ monitor is fitted to vehicle dashboards on every First Bus vehicle, which helps show the driver how well they are driving.The monitor displays a static green light if the driver is driving at low risk, or flashes amber or red if a bus driver carries out an unwanted driving manoeuvre such as heavy braking or rapid acceleration. Points are given for each event and the fewer points a driver has, the better their DriveGreen score is. First Aberdeen Bus Driver, Sandra Cordiner, achieved the best score among all First Bus drivers in the UK for an impressive third consecutive year. She says: “It’s really important to me that my customers enjoy their trip on the bus. DriveGreen helps make journeys smoother, safer and more enjoyable.“Since First Bus introduced DriveGreen a few years ago it has certainly helped me improve my driving skills – I’ve even had customers compliment me on how smooth their journey is. Now when I am driving the car in my time off I continue to use the DriveGreen principles and drive more smoothly – it’s safer and saves petrol.”Sandra achieved the best score among all First Bus drivers in the UK for the third year in a rowDave Alexander, Divisional Director, at First Bus, says: “Our drivers have embraced our groundbreaking DriveGreen technology and as a result are providing customers with better, safer, more comfortable journeys and reducing our carbon footprint. Dougie Portwood, Global Change Manager with GreenRoad says: “We would like to congratulate all First Bus drivers who achieved GreenRoad Fleet Elite awards in 2015.“First Bus continues to be a top safety performer with some of the tightest thresholds for safety events in our marketplace so attaining Fleet Elite status again this year is a major achievement. We are proud to support First Bus by helping drivers continuously improve their driving standards, creating a safer, greener and more comfortable experience for First Bus customers.”