How to Drive When it Snows in South Jersey
Yep, it's arrived - Winter 2017. For the first time this season, snow is in the forecast for South Jersey. While this impending storm be more of a nuisance than anything, driving conditions could become hazardous especially for your early Friday morning commute.
WPG Chief Meteorologist Dan Zarrow is calling for the possibility of 1 to 3 inches of snow. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory from 8 PM Thursday night until 6 AM Friday morning. The advisory is in effect for Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Gloucester, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean and Salem counties.
With that in mind, here are some driving tips to help you navigate South Jersey's first 2017 winter snow.
This should be a no-brainer since it's against the law to use your phone while you're driving at any time. Put down your phone and pay attention when the roads are covered with ice and snow.
Speeding is never a good idea. Slow down and watch for lower speed limits due to the weather on the Parkway, Expressway, and Turnpike. Also, don't tailgate. In winter weather, give yourself at least 8 to 10 seconds behind the car in front of you. Be aware of snowplow trucks on the road. Also, exit ramps on extra slippery in winter weather, proceed with caution.
This is now a law in New Jersey. All drivers must remove and clear all snow and ice from their vehicles before they hit the road. You can face a fine of up to $75 if you don't. This INCLUDES the top of your car.
Turn signals are there for a reason, people. Be sure to use them.
If your wipers are on, your headlights need to be on as well.
Also, don't brake or accelerate if you skid. Take your foot off the gas pedal and steer your car in the direction of the skid slowly. Carefully straighten out the wheel when your car moves in the direction you want it to go.