Clearfield and Jefferson Counties, PA – Over the weekend, there were dozens of minor crashes on snowy or icy roadways.

In most of these incidents, the drivers and passengers were all wearing their seat belts. Many of the people involved escaped with only small injuries, such as cuts and scrapes.

Wearing a seat belt can save your life or protect you from much more serious injuries if you get into an accident.

Your children also need to be in the proper safety seat. Check the ExperiencedMommy.com chart to see if your child is in the correct seat for their age, height, and weight.

Especially during this time of the year, it’s also important to drive at a safe speed for the weather conditions. Driving a little slower can give you extra time to react.

More tips for driving safely in winter weather:

  • Slow down gradually and drive at a speed that suits the conditions.
  • Turn on your headlights.
  • Stay in your lane.
  • Increase your following distance.
  • Stay alert, keep looking as far ahead as possible and be patient.
  • Reduce in-car distractions since your full attention is required.
  • Use defroster and wipers.
  • Keep windows and mirrors free of snow and ice.
  • During whiteouts, come to a complete stop only when you can safely get as far off the road as possible or when there is a safe area to do so.
  • Do not stop in the flow of traffic since this could create a chain-reaction collision.
  • Do not pass a vehicle moving slowly or speed up to get away from a vehicle that is following too closely.
  • Always buckle up and never drink and drive.

Meanwhile, PennDOT is prepared for the expected winter weather, with plow trucks and other equipment ready. Salt, anti-skid and other materials are in good supply. Crews will be working around the clock if necessary to keep the roads safe and passable.

Motorists are reminded 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. Motorists should leave plenty of space – six car lengths — when following a truck that is plowing or spreading winter materials.

While PennDOT recommends not traveling during winter storms, motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 825 traffic cameras.

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.


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