Tips for Safe Driving This Winter Season From the Pennsylvania Dept. of Transportation:

  • Carry a winter emergency travel kit (see below).

  • Keep your gas tank at least half full.

  • 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.

  • Carry a cellphone.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 you do become stranded, it’s better to stay with your vehicle until help arrives. Run the engine every hour or so, but make sure the tailpipe is clear and keep the downwind window cracked open.

  • Do not drink and drive, and always wear your seat belt.

Download the PennDOT Winter Driving Guide (PDF).


PennDOT recommends packing a winter emergency kit in your vehicle any time you travel. Print out our Winter Emergency Kit List (PDF) to help you in your preparations.

  • Flashlight and batteries

  • Battery-operated radio

  • Jumper cables

  • Cellphone and charger

  • Snow shovel

  • Matches and candles

  • First aid supplies

  • Extra warm clothing and gloves

  • Blanket

  • Ice scraper

  • Sand

  • Bottled water

  • Non-perishable food

For more information, visit the PennDOT website

Source: PennDOT website