SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (wggb)– Highway driving, whether on the Pike or 91 can be especially dangerous in the winter weather. State Police are already cautioning drivers who may hit the highways tomorrow and Saturday.
Abc40 spoke with Sergeant Alan Joubert of the Massachusetts State Police who said that the two biggest reasons for crashes in winter weather are speed and following another car too closely. He added that if it wasn’t absolutely necessary, don’t drive at all. But if you do have to venture out into the storm, it’s important to make sure that your vehicle is properly prepared.
“You want to make sure you have snow tires, windsheild washer, windshield wipers. Another thing to remember is to clear your windows so it doesn’t impede your operation at all,” said Sergeant Joubert.
Actually according to Sergeant Joubert, driving without your windshield and windows properly cleared you could receive a citation.
Sergeant Joubert also warns drivers to look out for large vehicles like tractor trailers that might have snow and ice coming off the top of them. That snow and ice is to be expected, he warns drivers to either stay a safe distance back from vehicles that have snow coming off or to pass them cautiously.
Most of all it’s important to plan for the storm early so you don’t need to make unnecessary trips out into the storm.
“Today is the day to do it. Planning is everything. If you need something special now is the time to do it,” said Sergeant Joubert.
Joubert also says if you do have an accident or go off the road while on the highway and you are able to exit your car, do so and get to a safe spot because there could be other vehicles barreling down the road behind you. And there are a few spots locally that he said are notorious during these storms. Please take extra caution at the Longmeadow and Chicopee curves as well as the South End Bridge.