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As Indiana gets ready for another round of wintry weather today and tonight, Indiana State Police want to help you be prepared with the following driving safety tips.
· Before traveling, check the forecast and let someone know your travel route.
· Keep your gas tank at least half-full.
· Carry a winter driving kit that should include blankets, flashlight, extra batteries, a brightly colored cloth, sand (or cat litter), shovel, candle, matches, non-perishable high calorie food, first aid kit, and jumper cables.
· Have a cell phone and charger cord available.
· Slow down on snow/ice covered roads.
· Allow extra time to arrive at your destination.
· Clear all vehicle windows of ice and snow. Remove snow from hood, roof, and lights.
· Use extra caution when driving across bridges, underpasses, shaded areas and intersections where ice is slow to melt.
· Avoid abrupt stops and starts. Slow down gradually.
Should you become stranded?
· Don't leave your car. It's the best protection you have.
· Tie a brightly colored cloth to your antenna.
· Roll down your window a small amount to allow fresh air in your vehicle.
· Keep the exhaust pipe free of blockage to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
· Don't panic. An idling car uses approximately one gallon of gas per hour.
For Indiana road conditions call 1- 800-261-7623, or visit the Indiana Department of Transportation website at http://www.trafficwise.in.gov/. Please do not call dispatch centers for road conditions. Telecommunications operators can be extremely busy dispatching equipment and personnel to motorists requiring emergency assistance.
Last Updated: Wednesday, December 26, 2012 3:14:48 AM
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