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How best to handle treacherous roads

Published January 31. 2011 05:00PM

In a perfect world, people would be able to stay home during winter storms like the one bearing down on a large swath of the United States tomorrow and Wednesday. But in the real world, people still need to go to work. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation website offers a winter driving quiz to help drivers learn how to best handle adverse road conditions.

Don't have time to take the quiz? Here are the answers:

1. What should you do if your vehicle starts to skid on an icy road?

A. Steer in the direction you want the wheels to go.

2. Which areas of a roadway may become icy first?

A. Bridges and ramps.

3. What shouldn't you do if your vehicle gets stuck in snow?

A. Floor the gas pedal. (Turn your wheels from side to side and scatter sand of kitty litter around the wheels for traction).

4. What item should you pack in your emergency kit?

A. Fresh fruit and water.

5. What are some steps you should take to get your vehicle ready for winter?

A. Frequently check wiper blades and tires and have a trusted mechanic make sure your vehicle is in good operating condition.

6. What is the penalty if snow or ice from your vehicle dislodges and seriously injures someone?

A. Ticket and fine of $200 to $1,000.

7. Which of the following should you do during a winter storm?

A. Slow down and increase following distance.

8. What should you do when you encounter a snow plow on a two-lane road?

A. Stay back and allow the operator to do his/her job.

9. Before you leave home, which Web site should you check for interstate winter road conditions?


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