Police Remind Drivers of Wintry Driving Precautions

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November 12, 2013 — Indiana State Police are offering winter travel tips today, as snow arrives in Northwest Indiana.

ISP says Governor Mike Pence has proclaimed November 17-23, 2013 as Winter Weather Preparedness Week in Indiana.

To help Hoosiers prepare for it, State Police advise travelers to, “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 kitty litter), shovel, candle, matches, non-perishable high calorie food, first aid kit, and jumper cables.
– Have a cell phone and charger cord.
– Slow down on snow/ice covered roads.
– Allow extra time to arrive at your destination.
– Clear all vehicle windows of ice and snow. 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.”

It also has advice for motorists who 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 to allow fresh air in your vehicle.
– Keep exhaust pipe free of blockage to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
– Don’t panic. An idling car uses approximately one gallon of gas per hour.”

The State invites people to check Indiana road conditions by calling 1-800-261-7623 or visiting the Indiana Department of Transportation website at www.trafficwise.in.gov.



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