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 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!



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