Winter Driving Safety Tips
To make this a safer winter for you and your family:
- Slow down on ice and snow, and allow for more stopping distance.
- Give snow plows plenty of room to operate.
- When driving, allow more stopping distance between cars. It takes 3-12 times more distance to stop on icy or snowy roads. Avoid making last minute decisions.
- Shovel your sidewalks (if any) by noon after a snowfall.
- Do not push snow into the street. This is dangerous and is a violation of town code.
- Teach your children to be extra careful around traffic.
- Snow plows are wider than one traffic lane
- You can avoid getting squeezed on the road (and avoid limited visibility caused by flying snow and ice) by not passing snow plows.
- Spreader trucks have spinners which distribute traction materials across two lanes of traffic.
- Stay at least 3 - 4 car lengths behind spreader trucks to avoid windshield damage.
- Spreader trucks weigh up to 54,000 pounds when loaded. Because the trucks are heavy, they drive slowly.
- When you are behind a spreader truck, allow for adequate stopping distance. Try to stay 3 to 4 car lengths behind spreader trucks.
- Using buses, trains or carpools during snow storms reduces the number of vehicles on the roadways, and gives snow plows and spreader trucks more room in which to operate.
- You will also save wear and tear on your car, avoid the stress of driving, and probably enjoy the winter scenery much more!