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INDOT urges drivers to drive safely during winter weather

Friday, January 25, 2013

CRAWFORDSVILLE -- Snow made another appearance Friday in West-Central Indiana, impacting the commute into work.

Drivers were urged to drive safely and make room for Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) plow trucks which cleared snow and ice from state highways.

INDOT's top winter priority is to plow and treat its more than 5,000 lane miles of interstates, U.S. highways and state routes in the Crawfordsville District, which includes Clay County.

INDOT snowplow drivers are out on the roads to keep them clear of snow and ice and keep motorists safe.

INDOT asks drivers to keep the following safety tips in mind during any winter weather event:

* Accelerate gradually on ice or snow to avoid slipping and sliding,

* Drive slowly and carefully to avoid rear-end collisions and sliding on curves,

* Allow greater distance behind the car ahead; it takes more time to stop on snow and ice,

* Brake early, break slowly, never slam on the breaks,

* No cruise control. Avoid abrupt steering maneuvers,

* Maintain good visibility, stay alert and use the headlights, and

* Give snowplows room to operate. Don't tailgate or try to pass.

Motorists can track road conditions across the state.

The website, www.trafficwise.in.gov, will be updated during snow events to let motorists know if road conditions are good, fair or difficult.

The information will also be available by calling 1-800-261-ROAD (7623).

For social media updates during winter weather, log on to www.facebook.com/INDOT_WestCentral, or http://twitter.com/INDOT_WCentral.

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