PennDOT urges drivers to use caution during winter weather

With winter weather in the forecast for the area this weekend, PennDOT is urging motorists to use caution while driving.

The department said it is prepared to deal with the possible storm. Plow trucks and other equipment have been readied, PennDOT said. Salt, anti-skid and other materials have been stockpiled. Crews will be working around the clock if necessary to keep the roads safe and passable, according to PennDOT.

PennDOT reminded motorists that roadways will not be free of snow while precipitation is falling. With freezing temperatures, roads that look wet may actually be icy, and extra caution is needed when approaching bridges and highway ramps where ice can form without warning, the department said.

PennDOT offers the following safety tips:

-Listen to weather and travel advisories;

– Follow at least six car lengths behind an operating plow truck;

– Do not pass or go between trucks plowing snow in a line;

– Turn on headlights whenever wipers are in use;

– Allow for extra driving time as weather and road conditions can change quickly;

– Be prepared to drive slowly and increase following distances when necessary;

– Carry a phone but don’t use it while driving;

– Clear ice and snow from vehicles;

– Carry an emergency travel kit;

– Never drive impaired; and

– Always wear a seat belt.

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511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.