Troop T advises motorists to use caution when traveling Thruway during severe winter weather

The New York State Police in Troop T, cover 570 miles spanning 20 counties and 125 cities, towns and villages across New York state.  During winter weather events we would like to remind motorists to exercise due care when traveling the New York State Thruway System.

The chance of inclement weather consisting of snow and high wind is expected to continue for most of today; which will make all affected roadways slick and unpredictable. Allow adjustments to your schedule to ensure a safe commute or simply avoid unnecessary travel.

  • During severe storms like those occurring today, the State Police would like to remind motorists to stay off the roads if possible. If you must drive, use extreme caution and drive slow.
  • If it is necessary for you to travel, make sure your car is stocked with survival gear like blankets, shovel, flashlight with batteries, extra warm clothing, quick energy foods, jumper cables, and tire chains if you have them. An extra bottle of washer fluid should also be available.
  • Leave extra space between you and the vehicle in front of you.
  • Keep your gas tank as full as possible in the event that you are stranded or stuck in traffic.
  • Check your tires for quality tread and proper inflation.
Keep your cell phone battery charged and keep it with you whenever traveling. If you should become stranded on the Thruway, know your location by being aware of your direction and milepost marker.  This will help emergency personnel reach your location as quick as possible.
Make sure someone knows your travel plans and the routes you are taking.
Follow the New York State Police’s Twitter page @nyspolice for up to the minute information on road closures and weather alerts.
The Thruway Authority provides a wide variety of information for travelers including real time traffic cameras and current traffic conditions. Visit www.thruway.ny.gov for more information.

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