How to Drive When it Snows in South Jersey
Looks like the first significant snow storm of 2018 is in the forecast for South Jersey. Blizzard warnings are now in effect. Driving conditions could become hazardous especially for your Thursday morning commute.
Our Lite Rock meteorologist Dan Zarrow is calling for a powerful coastal storm that is expected to dump 6+ inches in South Jersey along with 40+ mph wind guests which could produce near white-out conditions.
With that in mind, here are some driving tips to help you navigate the South Jersey roads if you must be out in the storm.
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.