Safety Keys

Staying safe while traveling the PA Turnpike this autumn 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.



Travel Conditions

  • 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.
  • The travel conditions map allows you to view current roadway conditions and advisories for the stretch of Turnpike on which you will be traveling.
  • Check our travel alerts Twitter feed for up to date traffic conditions information.
  • 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

  • Wintertime can cause unexpected traveling conditions. You may not be able to predict the weather, but you can prepare your car for whatever may come our way. Below are some suggestions for getting your vehicle ready:
    • Test your heater and defroster to make sure they are still working properly.
    • Do your wipers streak? If yes, consider installing winter wiper blades.
    • Double check that all your lights work.
    • Check your tire pressure to be sure they are properly inflated.
    • If you run into any issues with your car while traveling the PA Turnpike, please call *11 from a cellphone to reach an operator.

Winter Driving Safety

  • When snow hits, our maintenance crews work around the clock to maintain safe driving conditions. In return we expect our customers to do their part by driving safely, no matter the weather. Here are a few tips:
    • If you don’t have to travel during bad weather don’t.
    • It’s a state law to not drive until your windows and mirrors are completely clear to improve visibility; but don't forget to clear the hood, roof and trunk too.
    • Avoid sudden stops and starts.
    • Slow down and increase following distance.
    • Never use cruise control when driving on snow.

Don’t Pass a Plow

  • When encountering a plow truck on the roadway please remember – you should NEVER crowd or pass a plow.
  • Plow drivers have limited visibility and cannot see directly behind the truck. Motorists should not pass or drive next to a plow as the truck can unexpectedly move sideways. The road in front of the plow is in much worse condition so you are safest traveling behind it.

Winter Emergency Kit

  • When driving during the winter season it is important that you have an emergency kit handy. Whether you slip off the road or puncture a tire your kit will help you get back to traveling quickly and safely. Here are some suggestions of what you could include in your emergency kit.