Do's and Don'ts for Winter Storm Travel from CT State Police

Message from State Police includes what to keep in your car if you head out and what to do if you become stranded.

Merritt Parkway. Credit: Leslie Yager
Merritt Parkway. Credit: Leslie Yager
State Troopers will be in place on patrol on roads and highways, with any additional required Troopers on call for immediate response.

Specialty emergency State Police vehicles will be deployed and available across Connecticut in the event they are required for any emergency.

 A snowstorm that is expected to drop up to 10 inches of powder will likely lead to slippery and treacherous roadways in Connecticut.

Trucks and passenger cars may become disabled and unable to move, blocking lanes of the road and preventing DOT trucks from treating and plowing the highways. 

As the storm intensifies, State Police recommend that motorists stay off the roads during the storm to prevent major traffic issues. 

If it is truly necessary for motorists to go out during this anticipated storm, the Connecticut State Police recommend that you ensure that your vehicle is “storm ready” with proper tires, adequate gas and windshield wipers in optimum condition.

If you must travel during the storm, provide your route of travel details to a family member or friend and check media reports prior to traveling to gather the latest updates on road conditions and  possible closures.

Utilize the headlights on your vehicle during any storm – it’s the law! 
In addition, motorists should have a fully-charged cell phone, bottles of water, nourishment bars or other non-perishable food, extra clothes, a shovel, flares and blankets in case of emergency. 

During a snow event, reducing speed and expanding distances between cars is an absolute necessity for safe driving. If you become stranded in your vehicle in winter weather, stay with your vehicle and do not try to walk to safety.

Call 911 from your cell phone for help. Run the motor for about 10 minutes each hour for heat. Open a window slightly for fresh air and make sure the exhaust pipe is not blocked.


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