The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation recommends that drivers not travel during winter storms.
But if you must travel and you encounter snow- or ice-covered roads, PennDOT advises you slow down, increase your following distance and avoid distractions.
PennDOT also advises drivers:
- To prepare emergency kits that include non-perishable food, water, first-aid supplies, warm clothes and a blanket, a cell phone charger and a small snow shovel. Also tailor your kit to your needs, such as adding baby supplies, children's games or extra medications.
- To listen to weather travel advisories.
- To remove snow and ice from the roof of your car, as well as the hood and windows.
- To carry a cellphone.
- To tell someone where you are going and when you expect to arrive.
- To wear a seatbelt, and to not drink and drive.
Motorists can check road conditions on more than 2,900 miles of state roads by visiting www.511PA.com.
511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, average traffic speeds on urban interstates and access to more than 650 traffic cameras. 511PA also provides easy-to-use, color-coded winter road conditions for all interstates and other routes covered in the 511 reporting network. Access to 511PA is also available by calling 5-1-1.
For more information on PennDOT's winter preparations and additional winter-driving resources for motorists, you can visit the department's "Ready for Winter" website.