Winter Services 2009-10


PennDOT recommends these safety tips for winter driving:

  • Always buckle up.
  • Never drink and drive.
  • Stay home unless travel is absolutely necessary.
  • Leave earlier to allow plenty of time to get to a destination.
  • Inspect tires, use tires designed to operate in snow and ice, and keep tires inflated to proper levels.
  • Inspect wipers and wiper blades.
  • Keep your gas tank full.
  • Make sure defrosters are in good operating conditions
  • Refresh washer fluid with anti-freeze type fluids that perform better.
  • Totally clear snow from the body of a vehicle, not just the windshield. It’s against the law to cause traffic and safety hazards such as this!
  • Turn on headlights and flashers as needed, especially during snow squalls.
  • Slow down! Don’t drive too fast or follow vehicles too closely.
  • Speeding and tailgating require more space between vehicles in order to brake effectively. Slow down and reduce the risk of swerving, skidding or sliding out of control.
  • Watch out for slippery bridges and ramps.
  • Anticipate gusting winds and snowdrifts.
  • Avoid distractions such as cell phones, radio or climate controls, eating and smoking.
  • Give snowplow drivers plenty of space to avoid being sprayed with anti-skid material that could temporarily impede vision. Drivers also should be careful when passing a plow truck as the plow blade may be wider than the truck. Do not tailgate a plow truck, especially while traveling on hills in hazardous weather. Do not weave in and out of a snow plow train.
  • Watch for PennDOT information on electronic message boards and listen to weather radio or PennDOT’s Highway Advisory Radio for road conditions and traffic updates.
  • Homeowners, do not shovel or blow snow from driveways or sidewalks onto roadways. This creates hazards for unsuspecting motorists.
  • Parents: Direct children not to play in snow banks or to sled near roadways.