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Gloucester Township Police Offer Winter Weather Driving Tips

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source Gloucester Township Police Department

Avoid driving during a winter storm unless it’s necessary. Blowing snow, icy slick spots and fewer daylight hours all create hazards. If you must drive, use this information for a safe trip.

Winterize your vehicle

Get a Kit - create an emergency kit for your car. Add cell phone and car charger, road maps, a shovel, windshield scraper, tow rope, booster cables, bright cloth to use as flag or distress signal, a bag of sand or non-clumping cat litter to place under tires if stuck in the snow.

Make a Plan - Fill your car’s gas tank and know where you can refuel on your way. Tell someone your travel plans: where you are going, planned route and expected arrival time. Call that person when you arrive at your destination.
Stay Informed.

On The Road
Buckle up - secure yourself and all passengers.
Brake properly to avoid skidding. If driving on snow or ice, start slowly and brake gently. Begin braking early when you come to an intersection.
If you start to slide: ease off the gas pedal or brakes. Steer into the direction of the skid until you regain traction then straighten your vehicle. If you have antilock brakes, apply steady pressure.
Expect decreased visibility
In fog, drive with headlights set on dim or use fog lights.
In rain, fog, snow or sleet, stay within the limits of your vision. Pull off the road and stop if you can’t see clearly.
Slow down
Physically and mentally prepare to react quickly.
Drive slowly and increase your following distance. Adjust your speed for conditions. Match the flow of traffic.
Watch for slick spots.
Watch out for other vehicles:
Never try to pass a vehicle in blowing snow because there may be vehicles ahead you cannot see.
Watch for snowplows. When a plow is coming toward you, allow plenty of room for it to pass. Its blade may cross the center line.

Gloucester Township Police Department
1261 Chews Landing Rd
Gloucester Township, NJ 08021

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 856-228-4500