Safety Keys

Staying safe while traveling the PA Turnpike this spring may take some planning. If you are ever in need of emergency assistance while on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, please dial star (*) 11 from a cell phone to reach the operations center 24/7. If possible, please be ready to communicate your milepost (markers are every tenth of a mile along the shoulder) and the direction of travel to the dispatcher.

Emergencies

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Travel Conditions

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  • Road conditions are constantly changing, so the PA Turnpike wants to make sure you are informed before you head out the door and while traveling.
  • Check our travel alerts Twitter feed for up to date traffic conditions information.
  • www.511PA.com is an interactive map with information on traffic conditions statewide.
  • When traveling the PA Turnpike, pay attention to any Dynamic Message Sign (DMS.) DMS are the large electronic message signs you see along the roadway and are used to warn motorists of approaching traffic congestion, accidents, weather alerts, safety messages and more.

Preparing Your Vehicle

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  • Prepare your vehicle for the season so that it can enjoy the warmer weather too. To ensure safe driving this spring, here are some tips that apply to your car:
    • When driving at high speeds in the rain, it’s important that you have well working wipers. If you haven’t replaced your wipers in a while, consider doing so.
    • Get your windshield wiper fluid topped off and filled.
    • You are more likely to hydroplane with worn out tires. Check the tread of your vehicle’s tires before you hit the road.
    • Visit a carwash to avoid rust or buildup that may result from lingering road salt.

Spring Driving Safety

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  • While April brings flowers, we must endure many rain showers this season. Here are some safety tips to always follow whether you’re driving through a downpour or light rain:
    • It is the law in Pennsylvania that if your wipers are on, your headlights must be on too.
    • Take your time – wet roads are dangerous roads. Reduce your speed and following distance.
    • Never use cruise control. It could cause you to accelerate if you hydroplane.
    • If your car does hydroplane, take your foot off the gas and continue to steer straight. Avoid slamming on your brakes.

Drive Safe Through Work Zones

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Personal Safety During COVID

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  • If you will be hitting the road, here are some safety tips to consider while we all work through the pandemic:
    • In Pennsylvania, masks are required to be worn indoors and outdoors if you are away from your home. Please bring face masks for every passenger in the car.
    • When fueling your vehicle, bring disposable latex gloves that you can wear when gripping the pump handle.
    • Clean your hands often, especially after using a restroom, refueling and handling a credit card for payment.
    • If you need roadside assistance while on the PA Turnpike, you are still able to call *11 to reach our operations center 24 hours a day.