Motorists reminded to be alert for sun glare, drifting snow; PennDOT urges motorists to drive with extra caution

As this major winter storm winds down, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is reminding motorists to be alert for seasonal travel hazards like sun glare and drifting snow on area roadways.

Also, strong winds blowing snow could create whiteout conditions, virtually eliminating a driverís visibility.

PennDOT offers drivers the following advice during this winter storm:

If you experience snow drifting, slow down gradually and drive at a speed that suits the conditions.

Stay in your lane.

Increase your following distance.

Stay alert; keep looking as far ahead as possible and be patient.

Reduce in-car distractions since your full attention is required.

Use your defroster and wipers.

Keep your vehicle free of snow and ice.

During whiteouts, come to a complete stop only when you can safely get as far off the road as possible or when there is a safe area to do so.

Do not stop in the flow of traffic since this could create a chain-reaction collision.

Do not pass a vehicle moving slowly or speed up to get away from a vehicle that is following too closely.

As intense sun glare can affect a driverís vision, motorists can prepare by keeping a pair of sunglasses within reach, removing items from vehicle sun visors and by keeping vehicle windshields clean.

Always buckle up and never drink and drive.

Although PennDOT crews have been treating roadways, the departmentís primary goal is to keep roads passable, not completely free of ice and snow. PennDOT will continue to treat roadways until roads are clear.

Motorists can check conditions on major roadways by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 680 traffic cameras. 511PA is also available by calling 5-1-1, and regional Twitter alerts are available on the 511PA website.

For more winter driving tips and information on how PennDOT treats winter storms, visit www.dot.state.pa.us/winter.

Follow PennDOT on Twitter at www.twitter.com/511PAAllentown.