Monday, Feb. 11, 2019
For Immediate Release
Contact: Benjamin Paulin
Taunton Police and Fire Departments Offer Driving Safety Tips Ahead of Tuesday’s Snowstorm
Snow Expected to Impact Tuesday Evening Commute
TAUNTON — Police Chief Edward Walsh and Fire Chief Timothy Bradshaw are notifying residents about the potential impact of a snowstorm on Tuesday that is expected to affect the evening commute.
The National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for the region from 10 a.m. through 10 p.m. on Tuesday. Taunton can expect to receive 1-4 inches of snow, changing to sleet and then freezing rain. There is a significant chance for slippery road conditions, especially during the early evening.
During periods of snow, residents are required to remove their parked vehicles from the roadway to give plows proper and safe space to operate.
While this storm is not expected to be large, Chief Walsh and Chief Bradshaw urge residents and commuters to drive safely during wintry conditions:
- Avoid driving during the worst part of a storm and use extreme caution during a sudden snow squall.
- Always clear snow and ice from windows, lights, the hood and the roof before driving.
- Leave plenty of room for stopping.
- Don’t try to out drive the conditions. Remember the posted speed limits are for dry pavement.
- Know the current road conditions. Call 511 from your cell phone or 617-986-5511 from either your cell phone or landline phone for updates on road conditions.
- Brake early and correctly. It takes more time and distance to stop in adverse conditions.
- Don’t use “cruise control” driving in wintry conditions. Even roads that look clear can have sudden slippery spots. Using your brake on these spots will deactivate cruise control, possibly causing you to lose control of your vehicle.
- Look further ahead in traffic than normal.
- Trucks are heavier than cars, making their brake time slower. Avoid cutting quickly in front of them.
- Don’t crowd the plow. Leave room for maintenance vehicles and plows. Stay back at least 200 feet and don’t pass on the right.
- Remember to slow down and always wear your seat belt.
- Let others know your destination, route and expected travel times.
- Allow for extra travel time.
- Drive with your headlights on at all times to see and be seen.