Pennsylvania – Traffic was slowed to almost a stop on parts of Interstate 80 yesterday as drivers dealt with the mix of sleet and snow.
All around the area there were accidents and vehicles stuck in snow, but it was particularly bad on the interstate.
A small portion of Interstate 80 in Clarion County had to be shut down after tractor-trailers overturned, and similar crashes happened on snowy roads across Pennsylvania.
Although few details are available on the many accidents that happened, we’ll likely be receiving dozens of reports within the next few days.
Meanwhile, make sure that you’re traveling safely this morning.
When you do get on the road, make sure that your vehicle is entirely cleaned off. Not only do you need to be able to see out of the front and back windshields and see your mirrors, but the layer of snow also has to be cleaned off of your car’s roof, hood, and trunk.
If snow or ice falls off of your car and causes another person to crash, you could be charged.
Other safety tips for PennDOT:
Take it slow. The speed limit is the fastest speed that you should go in optimal conditions. That means that whenever it’s snowy or icy, you need to be traveling substantially slower. Give yourself the extra seconds to react if something happens.
Give yourself plenty of room between your vehicle and the vehicle ahead of you. Again, you need time and space to react if the other vehicle stops, swerves, or does something unexpected.
Turn on your headlights. This is not just so you can see where you’re going, but also so other drivers can see your vehicle.
Avoid distractions, especially your cell phone. Keep your eyes on the roadway.
Always wear your seat belt. Among drivers and front-seat passengers, seat belts reduce the risk of death by 45%, and cut the risk of serious injury by 50 percent. Seat belts prevent drivers and passengers from being ejected during a crash. People not wearing a seat belt are 30 times more likely to be ejected from a vehicle during a crash.
PennDOT encourages drivers to “Know before they go” and to check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA is free, available 24 hours a day, and provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information, and access to more than 860 traffic cameras.
Most area schools are closed today or have 2-hour delays. Click Here to see the full list for Operation Snow Watch, brought to you by Greg Cranmer-State Farm.