PennDOT gets ready for snow; AAA has tips for drivers

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PennDOT crews haven't had to use their snow plows and salt trucks in while. (WPVI)

PennDOT crews haven't had to use their snow plows and salt trucks in while.

But that's about to change.

That's why crews spent Wednesday making sure they are prepared and the equipment is ready.

PennDOT has more than 107 tons of salt stockpiled, and crews will deploy more than 360 state and contractor trucks across the state.

Workers will plow state highways and keep them passable in the five county Philadelphia region.

Meanwhile, AAA is reminding drivers that they also need to be ready. Jana Tidwell says make sure your emergency kit is in your car.

"You want to make sure you have a portable shovel, car brush, ice scraper, clear the car off," she said.

Tidwell adds you should also have rock salt, sand and kitty litter to get traction, some extra washer fluids and de-icer.

In the event you get stuck on the road, you always want to make sure you have some non-perishable food, blankets, gloves and any medication you may need.

Also, make sure your car is filled with gas, you have a good battery and check your tire pressure.

AAA also says don't drive before cleaning off your car.

"You definitely want to make sure your car is completely cleared of snow and ice. It is the law in Pennsylvania to clear your car before heading on the roads once a snow event has happened. That snow can coming flying off. We have all seen it and that is extremely dangerous," said Tidwell.
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