The winter weather is over for now, but cold temperatures will return before the season is out. The Bucks County Transportation Management Association is giving tips on what to do when it does return.
TMA Bucks Executive Director Steven Noll wants people to know it doesn’t take extreme temperatures to make driving dangerous.
“Even in some cases it doesn’t have to be quite freezing,” Noll explained. “When there could be ice on the ground or any kind of threat of snow cold just makes it worse. Slippery is still slippery whether its 30 degrees or 3 degrees.”
Black ice, snow, and high winds can all make driving extra tricky. Noll recommends acting like a boy scout and being prepared regardless of what can be seen. Once someone is on top of black ice, it’s too late to make a decision.
The Transportation Management Association also has other tips. Noll wants people to only travel when necessary during extreme temperatures.
“Before you go out in the car ask yourself: ‘Do I need to make this trip or do I want to make this trip,'” Noll advises. “Is this a matter of life or death or can I wait until tomorrow to do this.”
Unfortunately, some people take risks driving when they don’t need to. It may be smart to put off going across town to a store to pick up something that could easily wait until later. But a vital doctor’s appointment or a hospital visit can bring urgency and warrant the risk.
TMA Bucks released the following tips to make driving safer for everyone during cold temperatures or snow.
- Remove ice and snow from windows, mirrors and all vehicle lights before you drive and as often as needed.
- Remove snow and ice from the hood and roof of your vehicle. State law states that if snow or ice from your vehicle strikes a vehicle or person and causes death or injury, you can be ticketed.
- Slow down and increase following distance.
- Avoid sudden stops and starts.
- Beware of roads that may look wet, but are actually frozen, often referred to as “black ice.”
- Use extra caution on bridges and ramps, where ice can often form without warning.
- Do not use cruise control while driving on snow-covered roads.
- State law requires you to turn on your headlights when your wipers are on.
- Use your low beams in particularly bad weather, especially in cases of heavy or blowing snow.
- Do not pass or get between trucks plowing in a plow line (several trucks plowing side by side).