Center for Traffic Safety offers tips for driving in snow

This photo was taken years ago on Route 24 near Winterstown. Drivers braved the drifting snow. (York Daily Record/Sunday News — Bil Bowden)

It looks like York County could receive itsĀ first decent snowfall of the season after all.

Forecasters are calling for up to 6 inches when this storm is expected to roll through Tuesday into Wednesday. It will not be like the other small storms this winter that have delivered flurries or an inch of snow.

So how should drivers prepare?

Wayne Harper, director of the Center for Traffic Safety, offered some tips Monday.

The first question to ask yourself is: Do you need to make the trip?

Don’t drive unless you have to, he said.

If you do have to go out, here’s how to get ready:

  • Make sure your car has an emergency kit.
  • Make sure to clean the snow off your vehicle before you drive. You could be held criminally liable if snow or ice flies off your vehicle and injures or kills another driver.
  • Travel the snow emergency routes. Those roads are the first ones plowed and the ones plowed most often.
  • Drive slow and deliberately. Don’t make sudden moves.
  • Increase the distance between you and the vehicle in front of you.
  • Be aware of other vehicles around you. Make sure everyone else can stop
  • Avoid distractions.
  • Call 511 or go to visit www.511pa.com to check on travel conditions.

So what are your plans if the snow arrives? Will you take a “snow day”? Do you plan to go sledding?

 

 

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