Snow Expected to Impact Evening Commute ~ Bedford Police and Fire Offer Driving Safety Tips

Submitted on behalf of the Bedford Fire and Police Departments

Fire Chief David Grunes and Police Chief Robert Bongiorno want residents to be aware of the potential impact of a snowstorm that is expected to affect today’s evening commute.

Precipitation is expected to begin in Bedford at around 1 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. Bedford residents can expect to receive 4-6 inches of snow, changing to sleet and then freezing rain. There is a significant chance for slippery road conditions, especially during the early evening. Precipitation is expected to end at approximately 7 am tomorrow.

While this storm is not expected to be large, Chiefs Grunes and Bongiorno urge residents and commuters to drive safely during wintry conditions:

Driving Safety

  • Avoid driving during the worst part of a storm and use extreme caution during a sudden snow squall.
  • Always clear snow and ice from windows, lights, the hood, and the roof before driving.
  • Leave plenty of room for stopping.
  • Don’t try to out drive the conditions. Remember the posted speed limits are for dry pavement.
  • Know the current road conditions. Call 511 from your cell phone or 617-986-5511 from either your cell phone or landline phone for updates on road conditions.
  • Brake early and correctly. It takes more time and distance to stop in adverse conditions.
  • Don’t use “cruise control” driving in wintry conditions. Even roads that look clear can have sudden slippery spots. Using your brake on these spots will deactivate cruise control, possibly causing you to lose control of your vehicle.
  • Look further ahead in traffic than normal.
  • Trucks are heavier than cars, making their brake-time slower. Avoid cutting quickly in front of them.
  • Don’t crowd the plow. Leave room for maintenance vehicles and plows. Stay back at least 200 feet and don’t pass on the right.
  • Remember to slow down and always wear your seat belt.
  • Let others know your destination, route and expected travel times.
  • Allow for extra travel time.
  • Drive with your headlights on at all times to see and be seen.


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