With the anticipation of ice and snow arriving into the area through Wednesday, the Indiana State Police is prepared to meet the needs of motorists and the public by calling off-duty troopers to duty and putting additional troopers on stand-by.
Here are some winter driving safety tips:
* Be prepared. Before traveling, check the forecast and let someone know your travel route. Keep a full tank of gas if possible. 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 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. Use low beam headlights to decrease glare from ice,
* When becoming stranded, don't leave the car. Tie a brightly colored cloth to the antenna to signify a need 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 as an idling car uses only one gallon of gas per hour, and
* For road information, the best sources for road and weather information are local radio, newspaper and TV media.
ISP asks all to not call city, county or state police dispatch centers to ask for road or weather conditions as those lines are determined for emergency calls only.