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Winter Weather Safety Tips

When winter weather strikes, do not travel unless absolutely necessary. If you do have to travel in winter weather:

  1. Make sure you have survival gear such as blankets, a shovel, flashlight, and extra batteries, warm clothing, battery booster cables, quick energy foods and brightly-colored cloth to use as a distress flag.
  2. Keep a full tank of gas to prevent gasoline freeze up.
  3. If you have a cell phone for use, keep the battery charged. If you should become stranded you will be able to call for help advising rescuers of you location.
  4. Make sure someone knows your travel plans.
  5. Drive safely:
    • Drive more slowly.
    • Accelerate and decelerate slowly.
    • Keep greater distance between you and the car ahead. Check traction by periodically tapping brakes.
    • If car starts to slide, stop braking immediately, then reapply brakes more slowly.
    • Steer into skids (look and steer where you want to go).
    • Do not use cruise control when driving on slippery surfaces.
    • Do not follow closer than 200-feet from the plow truck.
    • Do not pass plow trucks unless instructed by the operator.

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