Pennsylvania Turnpike as ONE HUNDRED cars

Discussion in 'The Club House' started by Bigcountry02, Feb 14, 2014.

  1. Bigcountry02

    Bigcountry02 Coffee! If your not shaking, you need another cup Supporter

    Hope no one from the site is this mess! :eek:

    Reminds me back in the day in Germany before the build-up (Speed limits) were put into place by the SPD to appease the E.U.!

    Video at the link below,

    A series of pileups involving an estimated 100 vehicles has shut down part of the Pennsylvania Turnpike

    The first accident occurred around 8:25am, with others following moments later

    30 people have been admitted to hospital, five with serious injuries

    The accidents stretch for nine miles along the turnpike between the Bensalem and Willow Grove exits

    Authorities do not know the exact cause of the accidents, but it's believed overnight snowfall and speed were to blame

    A snow-related speed limit had been lifted early Friday morning and roads were icy after one foot of snow fell overnight

    The Turnpike Authority has instituted 'Plan X,' which reroutes traffic off the Pennsylvania Turnpike

    The road is expected to be closed into the late afternoon as authorities clear it



  2. Rentacop

    Rentacop Well-Known Member

    There have been at least three of these 100-car pileups this winter .

    I suspect that many drivers don't understand the threat that ice poses and, as a result, they drive in risky conditions even when they don't have to .

    People sometimes wait until their tires are worn down to the wear bars before replacing them ; newer tires make a world of difference on ice .

    A cold road can freeze over suddenly from contact with fog or drizzle .

    People used to going to work at 80 MPH in the rush hour have a hard time adjusting their speed far down when ice could form . As a result, interstate traffic moves too fast and everyone is forced to go too fast to keep up .

    I bet it would be more economical for big trucks to stay off of the roads on hazardous days than to pay the costs of accidents . The trucks present a problem because their heavy weight gives them better traction than the cars have ; The trucks go fast, the cars try to keep up, the cars skid, the trucks can't stop...

    The phone app, " Trapster " may be a help for sharing timely warnings of ice and accidents .

    AM/FM radio station traffic reports are often late or inaccurate .

    Before you start out, brush and scrape snow and ice off of the entire car . Take off bulky coats so you can drive more easily . Make sure have plenty of fuel in case you must idle a long time in a traffic jam . Check the weather reports and the thermometer on your instrument panel .

    To avoid problems : Drive slowly enough and keep right to allow faster traffic to pass safely . Avoid stopping completely so you have momentum to carry you over slippery spots . Leave a very long following distance . If you get behind a slow-moving vehicle, use your flashers to warn those behind you that you are going very slowly . Don't pass snow plows . Be cautious popping over hills and in other areas where it is hard to see traffic stopped ahead . Expect icy spots under and on bridges and overpasses, at mountain tops and on exit ramps .

    Add weight to your car for better traction . Carry flares, traffic cones, beacons and reflective triangles to warn traffic should you get into an accident .
    Try to run a set of good all season tires that match . Some may prefer snow tires .
    If you know a storm is coming in the morning, consider driving to work the night before and sleeping there . Keep extra clothes, toiletries, snacks and bedding so you can stay after work if need be ; better than getting stuck in a snarled rush hour gridlock .