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PennDOT offers driving tips

December 18, 2000

PennDOT offers driving tips



CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation recommends the following tips for a safe drive during the winter:

-- Always wear your seat belt.

-- Turn on your headlights during inclement weather.

-- Use extra caution on bridges and ramps where ice often forms without warning.

-- Beware of roads that may look wet but are actually frozen, often referred to as black ice.

-- Do not park or abandon your vehicle on snow emergency routes.

-- Do not pass or get between trucks plowing in a plow line (several trucks plowing side-by-side).

-- If stranded, do not leave your vehicle, rather keep your vehicle's window cracked, run the motor every half-hour and wait for help to arrive.

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-- Pack an emergency kit including a heavy blanket, salt or sand, flashlight, water and non-perishable food.

-- Remain at least six car lengths behind an operating snow plow.

-- Motorists should properly winterize their vehicles, check for sufficient tread on tires and reduce speeds, especially on curves. In rural locations, tire chains may be necessary during heavy storms.

For information on road conditions or highway maintenance, those interested may contact PennDOT at 888-783-6783 or visit the website at www.state.pa.us.

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