MassDOT tips on driving in snowy and wintry conditions

MassDOT tips for driving in snowy and icy conditions

BOSTON — It's about that time again. The forecast calls for snow and the Department of Transportation has tips for those who need to hit the road.

"As always we encourage the public to keep an eye on the forecast, allow extra time if you must travel, and if driving to please reduce speeds and give plenty of space to crews which are out plowing and treating the roadways," MassDOT said in a release.

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MassDOT will deploy snowplows throughout the Commonwealth as necessary and crews are already conducting preparation activities in advance of the winter weather.

If you must go out on the road, remember to wear your seatbelt, minimize distractions and turn off or put away the cell phone.

More important winter driving tips from MassDOT:

•    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!

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