During the cold months of winter, driving conditions can change quickly depending on the weather.
To help Hoosiers prepare for another winter driving season, the Indiana State Police has offered the following safety tips:
* 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 and headlights and taillights,
* 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 gracefully 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 car. It's good protection,
* Tie a brightly colored cloth to the antenna to signal for help,
* Roll down the window a small amount for fresh air,
* Keep the exhaust pipe free of blockage to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, and
* Don't panic. An idling car uses only one gallon of gas per hour.
For more information, log on to the Indiana Department of Transportation's website at TrafficWise.IN.gov, or call 1-800-261-ROAD (7623).