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Winter Weather Awareness
Release Date: January 11, 2011

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Winter Weather Awareness

New Jersey State Police Headquarters, Trenton, NJ – Colonel Rick Fuentes, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police and Director of the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management, is asking residents and visitors of the Garden State to be mindful of a potential winter storm.

Drivers should adhere to those behaviors that constitute safe driving and realize that inclement weather and road conditions will impact their commute.  Unnecessary travel is not recommended.

Motorists are encouraged to check for current road conditions at the New Jersey Department of Transportation website:www.NJ511.info.

The following is a list of general winter weather preparedness tips: 
Travel Items to Include: All cars should be equipped with road maps, a cell phone, a shovel, a windshield scraper, a towrope, booster cables, and a brightly colored cloth to use as a distress signal.  A bag of sand or non-clumping cat litter to spread under tires if stuck in snow is also recommended.

Proper Travel Notification: Drivers should inform someone that they are taking a trip, where they are going, the routes that will be traveled and when they are expected to return. Upon reaching their destination, drivers should call to report arrival.  If traveling a long distance, please remember to fill up on fuel prior to making your trip.  While traveling, stop frequently to refill the fuel tank. The breaks will help drivers stay alert.

On the Road: Always follow the rules of the road and adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Always buckle your seat belt.
  • Brake properly to avoid skidding.  If driving on snow or ice, start slowly and brake gently. Begin braking early when approaching an intersection.
  • If the vehicle starts to slide, ease off the gas pedal or brakes.  Steer into the direction of the skid until regaining traction, and then straighten the vehicle.  For vehicles with antilock brakes, apply steady pressure.
  • Visibility and speed:
    • 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. If it is too difficult to see, pull off the road and stop.
    • Drive slowly and increase following distance. Vehicle speed should adjust for conditions and match the flow of traffic.
    • Watch for slick spots. Be physically and mentally prepared to react.

For more information regarding winter safety information or to sign up for the NJOEm Twitter and Facebook pages, please log on to: www.ready.nj.gov.  Those without internet access can dial 211.

Sign up to receive emergency info on your cell phone.

 

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