BOSTON – With the snow falling, and expected to fall at 1-2 inches per hour later with the storm, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is offering a few winter driving tips.
If drivers must go out on the roadways, they are advised to always wear seatbelts, minimize distractions, turn off or put away cell-phones (remember hands-free only) and devote full attention to what is ahead on the road.
Clear snow and ice from all windows and lights, even the hood and roof, before driving, (start with the tailpipe).
Leave plenty of room for stopping.
Remember that the posted speed limits are for dry pavement.
Use brakes carefully. Brake early. Brake correctly. It takes more time and distance to stop in adverse conditions.
Bridge decks freeze first. Due to the difference in the exposure to air, the surface condition can be worse on a bridge than on the approach road.
Exit ramps are an even greater challenge during the winter since they may have received less anti-icing material than the main line.
Leave room for maintenance vehicles and plows – stay back at least 200 feet and don’t pass on the right.
Seat belts should be worn at all times – it’s the law.
Most importantly please remember to slow down.