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Trooper Minute: Spring Driving Safety

by: Avery Van Etten, Corporal Brent Miller

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PENNSYLVANIA (WHTM) – Recently, Pennsylvanians moved their clocks forward for daylight saving time. This time change may affect drivers’ alertness in the morning, which is why the Pennsylvania State Police is encouraging them to stay safe this spring.

Moving the clocks forward extends the duration of darkness in the morning. Cpl. Brent Miller reminds motorists that it can be difficult to see children walking to bus stops or to school in these conditions. Drivers must stop within 10 feet of a stopped school bus with its red lights flashing.

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Weather and road conditions at this time of year can change quickly, as recently happened on Route 581 in Cumberland County and I-81 in Schuylkill County, where whiteout conditions resulted in massive pile-ups. Miller says drivers should be prepared for unforeseen conditions and have emergency kits in their vehicles.

Rain and fog are expected this time of year, but drivers should also be prepared for snow, sleet and even the occasional freezing fog, Miller says. State law dictates that if the drivers’ windshield wipers are on, their headlights must also be on. Headlights should also be on in foggy conditions, Miller added.

And when drivers encounter standing or moving water on a roadway, Miller says, “turn around, don’t drown.”