TURNPIKE WINTER SAFETY BREAK' EMPHASIZES TRAVELER AWARENESS
AND ADVANCED PREPARATION
PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Are you ready for winter driving?
Officials at the Pennsylvania Turnpike advise motorists to prepare in advance and use common sense. This will relieve much of the stress often associated with driving under changing weather and road conditions so common this time of the year.
The Turnpike will be offering its "Winter Safety Break" at the Allentown Service Plaza, Wednesday, Nov. 20, from 3 to 9 p.m.
Have a complimentary cup of coffee while listening to representatives from the Turnpike's Safety Department, Pennsylvania State Police Troop "T" and the Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association Safety Council. They will provide information regarding Pennsylvania Turnpike services, rules and regulations governing Pennsylvania highway travel, and helpful hints for safe driving.
The "Safety Break" safe driver awareness program was first created 11 years ago as an educational service for Turnpike travelers. Today, the Pennsylvania Turnpike is the only toll road in the country to offer these free safety sessions. Scheduled to meet the peak traveling hours, the "Safety Breaks" are held once a month at various locations along the 470-mile stretch of Turnpike. A variety of informative brochures, maps, bumper stickers, and audio visuals geared to the winter season driver will be available.
"The primary thrust of our program will be the continued emphasis on seat belt usage," said Turnpike Safety Manager Clarence L. Wright Jr. "Driving at a safe speed consistent with the existing weather and traffic conditions will help ensure motorists arrive at their destinations safely," he continued.
Some safe-driver tips include: journey
-- examining your windshield wipers to be sure they are in good shape
-- carrying a brush to clear your windows and a bottle of extra windshield washer
-- carrying a flashlight with new batteries
-- carrying a portable fire extinguisher
-- packing a blanket
-- equipping your vehicle with all-weather tires
-- carrying a spare tire in your trunk
-- observing the speed limit
-- driving with lights on when visibility is poor
-- maintaining adequate following distance
-- securing children safely in seat belts or child safety seat
The Turnpike Commission's "White Flag Policy" is also explained at the "Safety Breaks." If your vehicle is disabled, you should raise the hood, place a white cloth either on the antenna or door handle, and remain with the vehicle until help arrives.
Interested motorists will also be given a chance to try out the Turnpike's emergency call box system. A prototype box which simulates the actual operation will be on display. Participants will learn how to call for the proper type of emergency service needed using the call box. Installed as a pilot program between the New Stanton and Somerset interchanges, the call boxes have proved so successful that the Turnpike now has call boxes installed and operational across the entire Turnpike.
Wright noted, "If we can provide enough information to Turnpike travelers to prevent emergencies and reduce their delay time, we will have accomplished our goal of making their journey more relaxing and less stressful."
/CONTACT: Christina Hampton of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, 215-828-4270/ CO: Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission ST: Pennsylvania IN: TRN SU: MK-JS -- PH015 -- 1349 11/18/91 10:51 EST