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Tips for driving safe in wintry conditions

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

During winter, driving conditions can change quickly depending on weather conditions. To help residents prepare for the winter driving season, the Indiana State Police Department has offered safety tips.

Be prepared

* Before traveling, check the forecast and let someone know the travel route,

* Keep the gas tank full if possible, and

* Carry a winter driving kit, which should include blankets, flashlight and extra batteries, a brightly colored cloth, sand (or cat litter), shovel, candle, matches, non-perishable high calorie food, a first aid kit and jumper cables and cell phone.

Drive according to road conditions

* Allow extra time to get to the destination,

* Clear all windows of ice and snow and remove snow from hood, roof, headlights and tail lights,

* Beware of bridges, underpasses, shaded areas and intersections, where ice is slow to melt,

* Slow down to increase traction; don't use cruise control on slick roads,

* Avoid abrupt stops and starts. Slow down gradually and keep wheels turning to avoid losing traction, and

* Use low beam headlights to decrease glare from ice.

If becoming stranded

* Don't leave the vehicle,

* Tie a brightly colored cloth to the antenna to signify the need for help,

* Roll down a window a small amount for fresh air,

* Keep the exhaust pipe free of blockage to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, and

* Avoid panic. An idling car uses only one gallon of gas per hour.

For information on road conditions through March 31, call 1-800-261-7623 or visit www.in.gov/isp.

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