CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS - With more snow expected to hit the central Massachusetts area, State Police are warning of difficult commutes during rush hours.
Police are reminding motorists to take the following precautions:
• Don’t panic, its New England and we’ve been here before and remember to be patient with those operators with less skill driving in these expected conditions.
• Plan on budgeting extra time for your commute.
• Slow down. Snow and freezing rain can create icy road conditions.
• Leave plenty of distance between your vehicle and the vehicles around you.
• Don’t be lulled into a false sense of security -- your four-wheel drive vehicle does not ensure you have better stopping or steering capabilities.
• Give the plows and sanders a wide berth.
• Texting while driving is dangerous and unlawful. Only the use of one earpiece for your cellphone is permitted.
• Take the time to clear accumulated snow off of your vehicle. Heavy chunks of snow coming off of buses and trucks can cause heavy damage to other vehicles. Don't just clear off just enough snow to barely see out of a small cleared spot in your windshield doesn’t count.
• Don’t engage other operators in aggressive driving. Note your location and call 911 if you observe road rage behavior.