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DOT winter driving tips

HARLEM VALLEY — New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) has provided the following tips for driving safely during winter weather. Motorists are also instructed to call 511 or visit www.511ny.org for the latest driving conditions.

Some of the most important tips for safe winter driving include:

•Never follow a snowplow too closely or attempt to pass one. Remember that the highway ahead of the plow is usually snow-covered.

•Adjust speed for road conditions and maintain a safe distance from other vehicles.

•Schedule extra time for winter travel and be patient during ice and snow removal operations.

•Assume that bridge surfaces are slippery, as they freeze more quickly than road surfaces.

•Watch for black ice, which can be difficult to see but makes conditions slippery when pavement temperatures are below freezing.

•Have a cell phone handy, if possible, but do not text while driving; distracted driving is illegal and becomes even more dangerous during storm events.

•Never venture from your vehicle if snowbound.

•Equip your car with emergency supplies including sand, shovel, flares, booster cables, rope, ice scraper, portable radio, flashlight, blankets and extra warm clothes.

•Inform a responsible person of your destination, intended route and estimated time of arrival.

•Keep calm and do not panic in case of a vehicle breakdown, accident or if you become snowbound.

•At intersections where traffic control signals are not working, state Vehicle and Traffic Law directs motorists to proceed as they would at a stop sign, unless otherwise directed by a police officer on site.

Provided by the New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Joan McDonald.


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