Driving Tips

Please take extra precautions when driving in winter storm conditions.


  • Take extra precaution near school bus stops where children may be waiting without supervision.

  • Treat non-working traffic lights as stop signs and proceed cautiously at intersections.

  • Avoid driving during severe winter storms.

  • Clear snow from the exhaust pipe before starting your vehicle.

During Blizzard Conditions

  • Pull off the highway if possible, turn on hazard lights, and hang a distress flag from the radio antenna or window.

  • Remain in your vehicle where rescuers are most likely to find you. Do not set out on foot unless you can see a building close by where you know you can take shelter. Be careful; distances are distorted by blowing snow. A building may seem close, but it could be too far to walk towards in deep snow.

  • Run the engine and heater about 10 minutes each hour to keep warm. When the engine is running, open an upwind window slightly for ventilation. This will protect you from possible carbon monoxide poisoning.

  • Periodically clear snow from the exhaust pipe.

  • Exercise to maintain body heat, but avoid overexertion. In extreme cold, use road maps, seat covers, and floor mats for insulation. Huddle with passengers and use your coat for a blanket.

  • Take turns sleeping. One person should be awake at all times to look for rescue crews.

  • Drink fluids to avoid dehydration.

  • Be careful not to waste battery power. Balance electrical energy needs - the use of lights, heat, and radio - with supply.

  • Turn on the inside light at night so work crews or rescuers can see you.

  • If stranded in a remote area, stomp large block letters in an open area spelling out HELP or SOS and line with rocks or tree limbs to attract the attention of rescue personnel who may be surveying the area by airplane.

  • Leave the car and proceed on foot - if necessary - once the blizzard passes.


  • Snow Alerts

    Sign up to receive email, voice or text message (SMS) alerts for snow emergencies, parking bans, and school cancellations.

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  • Snow Emergency Parking Regulations

    Drivers should be aware of parking regulations that are strictly enforced whenever a Snow Emergency is declared in Boston during the winter season.

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