PennDOT’s Winter Driving Awareness Week

In light of the snowstorms that recently plagued the Havertown area, PennDOT decided to promote a Winter Driving Awareness week to ensure that all local drivers are prepared for any more inclement weather to come this way. Although we’ve discussed winter driving in previous posts, we thought it was a great idea to share some information that we haven’t covered. The better informed, the safer the roads.

Between January 12 and 18, Pennsylvania drivers are encouraged to have their vehicles serviced by a trustworthy mechanic. This week will serve as a break from the snow and ice — the perfect time to prep for what’s ahead. The mechanic should check all belts, hoses, tires, wiper blades, as well as your heating and cooling system.  This is also a good time to fix any problems you’ve been aware of. For more information about making a repair appointment with Direct Paint & Collision, click here.

Another smart idea for this intermission is to ready an emergency kit to keep in your car. In addition to normal things like road flares and an ice scraper, your winter emergency kit should encompass the following items:

  • Blankets
  • Set of warmer clothes
  • Water
  • Non-perishable food
  • Cell phone charger
  • Small snow shovel

Lastly, PennDOT has supplied motorists with tips for sharing the road with snow plow vehicles. According to PennDOT, you should stay at least six car lengths behind an operating snow plow and remember that they move at a much slower pace. Also, the plow attached to the front is much wider than the truck, so be cautious when driving alongside a plow or when one is driving toward you. Finally, never try to pass or drive between snow plow trucks driving side by side. The weight of the snow being thrown to the side is far too heavy for the average car.

For more winter driving tips, read Winter Driving 101.