DUNMORE, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — The winter storm earlier this week helped bring traffic to a standstill in Virginia where many people found themselves stuck on the road anywhere from 12 to 20 hours as temperatures fell below freezing.
So what should you do if you find yourself stuck on the road with nowhere to go?
It’s a scary possibility, finding yourself stuck in the snow with no outlet. Winter weather can bring sudden and dangerous driving conditions that sometimes result in these situations.
“In the case of any type of accident or crash we work with our incident command center and the Pennsylvania State Police to dispatch wreckers to quickly clear the crash and get cars moving again, ” said Jonathan Eboli, PennDOT
Pennsylvania State Trooper Deanna Piekanski suggests before you even leave your house while it’s snowing to make sure your phone is charged. But if your car gets stuck on the interstate or you find yourself snowed in on the road, don’t leave your vehicle.
“You’re safest in your car. We do remind everyone that you should have a full tank of gas before you leave in a snowstorm. We do everything we can to make sure that crashes are quickly cleared and we can keep people off the interstate,” Eboli explained.
Many people have an emergency kit for when they have problems with their engine and tires. But officials recommend having another kit for cold weather scenarios.
“Typically your emergency kit is gonna have an emergency blanket, a flashlight, any type of food you may need, or any medications that you’re taking before you leave the house,” said Eboli
Non-perishable food is best since you don’t have to worry about replacing it. Hats, gloves, and even a shovel in case you need to dig your vehicle out. With more winter weather on the way this week and ahead, be mindful of any changes in road conditions or travel limitations.
“We make sure that they’re able to follow what’s on the message boards for any type of speed reduction or any type of truck restrictions that could be in place,” Eboli said.
On top of the kit, drivers should also make sure their vehicle is well maintained.
Officials say to keep wiper and other fluids at the correct levels and to especially keep your defrosters working.