Preparation is the main key to successfully navigating winter roads throughout Bucks County. Winter weather can bring unexpected conditions so make sure that both you and your vehicle are ready for ice and snow. It is important to always limit your distractions when driving but especially during adverse weather.
Remember, if winter weather is forecast, eliminate all unnecessary travel if possible. This will keep you and your family safe and allow PennDOT to more easily perform its winter duties. However, if you must travel, there are several tips for safe driving during the winter season.
- 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).
Please remember that Bucks County has many rural, two-lane highways so have patience and allow PennDOT time to reach these roads. Also not all highways are state highways; some are municipally-owned and are plowed by the borough/township. If you’re concerned about a road, contact your township/borough first.
Also note that several Bucks County municipalities have snow emergency policies. Be aware of your township/borough’s policy and comply to help keep the roads clear and safe. Find the website to your municipality HERE