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Winter driving takes special attention

Published October 16. 2009 05:00PM

PennDOT recommends these safety tips for winter driving:

• Keep your gas tank as full as possible.

• Under Pennsylvania law, when your wipers are on, your headlights must also be on.

• Carry a cell phone.

• Use extra caution on bridges and ramps where ice can often form without warning. Beware of roads that may look wet but are actually frozen, often referred to as "black ice."

• Do not park or abandon your vehicle on snow emergency routes.

• Do not pass or get between trucks plowing in a "plow line," (several trucks plowing side-by-side).

• If you do become stranded, do not leave your vehicle, rather keep the downwind window cracked, run the motor every half-hour to warm the vehicle and wait for help to arrive.

• Pack an emergency kit.

• Remain at least six car lengths behind an operating snow plow.

• Do not drink and drive.

• Always wear your seat belt. Most importantly, PennDOT urges all motorists to slow down and never drive aggressively on snowy or icy roads. Remember, if you must travel during severe winter weather, traffic delays can be expected.

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