Safe Driving Tips For Upcoming Storm

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Snow, freezing rain and ice are expected to move into the area this evening, which will make for a messy Tuesday morning commute.

Pennsylvania State Police have already issued a travel warning for Tuesday’s morning commute.

“From a driver’s perspective, the best thing to do is really pay attention to what conditions are out there. Watch the evening news, pay attention to the forecast, call our 511 hotline number to get the most current travel conditions,” Jim Struzzi with PennDOT said.

The best advice is not to travel at all. However, if you have to go out, give yourself plenty of time and make sure your car has safe equipment.

One key component is to make sure your tires aren’t worn out. Even with newer tires, drivers need to slow down in inclement weather.

“Make sure if you’re behind someone you allow yourself adequate stopping distance, because when the conditions do vary like this, you could be traveling on a wet roadway that suddenly turns to ice,” Struzzi said.

That leads to the issue of having good brakes.

“We like to inspect the condition of the pads, the condition of the rotor to make sure they’re going to be able to able to stop safely,” Al Kirschman at Mr. Tire said.

Of course, good tires, good brakes and four-wheel drive won’t make much of a difference on ice. However, if you drive carefully and your vehicle has safe equipment, you have a better chance of avoiding an accident.

  • Ed Brecht

    and pray to jesus

  • Ryan

    Pay attention? This is the best they have to offer? How about “turn into the direction of the skid”? Or “having extra weight in your back seat or trunk can help stabilize your car”? Good tires DO make a difference on ice. Trust me, I went straight down the cobblestone & paved side of Crane Avenue off Banksville on a sheet of ice in an old Chevy Celebrity by taking it SLOW and STEADY. Another very important tip that I can offer is shifting into neutral as you start going down a questionable hill and shifting back into gear at or near the bottom. That keeps your engine from driving you forward into skids. Driving on ice is all a question of momentum and angles, so calculate accordingly. Good luck!

  • eric

    AVOID STEEP HILLS, just a thought…. there’s always a long way to get to your destination, so choose the safer roads…

  • Sammy

    Do not shift to neutral! You don’t want to be free wheeling down hill and it’s illegal. Shift to your lowest gear and let the engine and tranny work for you. With today’s computers and abs systems let the car work for you.

    • Sammy

      PS -Do not shift to neutral in all cars. Let the newer cars with ABS and traction/stability control do it for you in most cases. On ice all bets are off! Stay wherever you are! It’s just not worth the risk!

  • Bob Lozano

    I have a 4X4 and I love tailgating this people that go 2 mph. Scare the heck out of them. They do not belong on the road.

    • Queen

      It is people like you that cause accidents and you think it is ok because you do not think you are doing anything wrong.

    • MIOFG

      I do hope that you end up driving behind me!

      • Bob Lozano

        90% of people drive just like me and I am the wrong, duh!

    • eric

      tough guy “bob” with a 4×4…

      my truck is a 4×4 and i don’t want to drive on ice, so if i go slow on ice am i “pathetic” or smart? i always carry a chain and strap in my truck so ill keep my eye out for you and pull you out of the ditch….

      p.s. anyone who tailgates me does not scare me, it angers me and usually i hit my breaks juuuust a lil harder…

      • Bob Lozano

        Why should I be late because you drive like a grandmother.

      • angry at bob 2

        Did you ever think that because of safer and yes slower drivers, you actually make it home with your get outta my way attitude?

    • angry at bob

      Bob: that is the stupidest thing I have heard. Don’t be such a jerk, just because you have 4 wheel drive does not stop you from sliding. Although, if you choose to believe that you are invincible, good luck with that

    • Nanny

      You are an idiot. Hopefully someone will have to pull your precious 4X4 out of a ditch someday for doing this. My 4X4 slid on ice when it was in park. Nothing goes on ice, except the penguins.

      • Bob Lozano

        Why the hurtful name…I am benefitting everyone by scaring the pathetic off the road. Only once did someone hit a telephone pole. And I honked so they would realize they were going too fast.

  • Arkiega

    @ Sammy – just so you know there are still many older cars on the road w/o abs brakes (it was optional when my car was new). but I agree that lowest gear works best.
    @Ryan – I appreciate the suggestion to add weight to the rear seat or trunk. I’m going to try that.
    I’m a southerner living here now 20 years and although we don’t have snow in south we do get ICE STORMS often. The kink here in Pgh are the frequent and steep HILLS. ugh. Good luck, all.

  • Chris

    Bob, I do hope we see you featured on the news being dragged from wherever it is you crash, while the rest of us that have an ounce of common sense rather than an overabundance of testosterone and ego make it to our destinations safely.


    bob- what part of ICE don’t you get??????? i really think your acting this way just be difficult…. you sound like such a d-bag….

    my 2008 f150 is lifted with 35’s, I take my truck through some fun/rough terrain, i can control my truck, but ice is a different monster, you don’t win on ice my man, leave earlier if your afraid of being late, esp. if the roads are not clear, that’s called being responsible… try it sometime… MORON

  • angry at bob

    so happy that so many people agree that bob is an a$@.

  • Bonnie Loya

    Bob, like so many others expressed, if you’re afraid of being late for work leave earlier and drive cautiously like the rest of us so we all can be safe.

  • Mike

    Bob is just trying to stir everyone up, and get a reaction. He obviously is another idiot seeking attention. If I ever catch you, or anyone like you claim to be tailgating me while I’m being “cautious”, I guarantee that you’re gonna regret it for as long as you ever drive again.

    • Bob Lozano

      Okay tuff guy

  • bobisgay!

    hey bob! hope you get behind me sometime! I will just have to be sure to slam on the breaks so you hit me and since the accident will be your fault for following too close and not being able to control your vehicle, i hope you got lots of money since i would sue you for every possible thing. you and your family will be dumpster diving for your dinner! …magot infested food…yummie!

    • Bob Lozano

      Real mature – I’ll be driving around all day in my 2011 Hummer laughing at you panty waist pukes rolling in your Ford Focus sliding into poles.

  • angry at bob

    that would figure that you would be driving a hummer…moron. compensating for something apparently!

  • Bob Lozano

    No…just not poor like you toots

  • angry at bob

    right, sorry buddy but my jeep cost more than your pos hummer


    LOL @ HUMMERS… such a tool vehicle…. “Im Bob Im invincible in my Hummer! ” bahahahahaha!!! jeeps/trucks- “Hummer recovery vehicles”… this is soo typical bob… you just confirmed that you are internet tool bag… do you get manicures too?

  • Bob Lozano

    Whats wrong with Hummers except I have one and you don’t. I don’t carry and tools in it like a plumbers van, duh!

  • Bob Lozano

    Don’t worry po folk I won’t drive in the slums of Dormont, Beechview, Brookline…my tires only touch Peters and St.Clair property!

  • melissa412

    Umm Ur cool believe me one day u will total Ur precious hummer being a moron

  • AJG

    Hummers were not made in 2011. Sorry for you Bob you got ripped off by your dealer

  • angry at bob

    haha! wait to call it AJG! wait, next he will tell you that they manufactured one in 2011 just for him!

  • AJG

    BTW Bob I can sell you a hot wheel H2 if you want one. If you talk smack like this know you stuff. I DO own one it’s for sale if you want it it’s not all it’s cracked up to be. I like my GMC Envoy better, I can park like a normal person.

    • AJG

      Ken Block drives a focus. A 610hp 0-60 in 1.9 second AWD Ford Focus. Bob you there Bob? Oh your in school maybe your mommy will pick you up in her mini-van. Search you tube Ken Block to see how to drive a Focus.

  • Bob Lozano

    Hey AJG –
    Thats the point…Ken Block is an excellent drive and not afraid to push the pathetic nimrods out of the way who drive slow in icy conditions. Geez people

  • Bob Lozano

    Sorry its a 2010 Hummer, my BWM is 2011…All I know is I am cool and you drool.

    • AJG

      I work for BMW for years They are Turds your hummer is not the best snow wheels sorry you are beat. Read more about 4×4’s hummers are not that great. Poor Bob misinformed again

  • angry at bob

    well Bob….I think that is it, you win! you are too cool! I wish that I had a BWM (what is that exactly, a Black and White Miata?!!?)

    • Bob Lozano

      Just because I inherited money doesn’t mean I didn’t earn my vehicles.

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