Road Rules: Winter Driving Rules

Regardless of whether there’s snow on the ground, it’s important to  prepare for winter and all that it brings. Preparation is especially important for successfully navigating winter roads. Since winter weather can bring unexpected conditions,  make sure that your vehicle is ready for ice and snow. For the majority of Pennsylvania, all-season radial tires that are mud and snow rated are appropriate for winter driving. In areas of the state that experience more snow, motorists may choose to install dedicated winter tires or carry a set of tire chains or cables. Motorists should travel with an emergency kit containing the following items: 

  • a flashlight and batteries
  • a battery-operated radio
  • jumper cables
  • a cell phone and charger
  • a snow shovel
  • matches and candles
  • first aid supplies
  • extra warm clothing and gloves
  • a blanket
  • an ice scraper
  • sand or cat litter
  • bottled water
  • non-perishable food
  • anything else you may need to accommodate family traveling with you (special medication, baby supplies, pet food, etc.)

For more information on winter preparations, click here. 

When traveling in inclement winter weather conditions, the West Goshen Police Department would like to remind you to clear your vehicle completely of snow and ice before taking to the roads. Section 3720 of The Pennsylvania Vehicle Code states: “When snow or ice is dislodged or falls from a moving vehicle and strikes another vehicle or pedestrian, causing death or serious bodily injury as defined in Section 3742 (relating to accidents involving death or personal injury), the operator of the vehicle from which the snow or ice is dislodged or falls shall be subject to a fine of not less than $200 nor more than $1,000 for each offense.” Drive carefully and please allow for extra time when driving in inclement weather conditions.

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