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Winter driving tips

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Be prepared:

  • 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.
  • Slow down on snow/ice covered roads.
  • Allow extra time to arrive at your destination.
  • Clear all windows of ice and snow and 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.
  • Use low beam headlights to decrease glare from ice.

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.
  • 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.
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