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Indiana State Police offers winter driver tips

PRESS RELEASE — Many counties in Indiana are under a winter storm watch, warning or advisory issued by the National Weather Service. During the next two days snow fall and high wind speeds are being predicted. This combination can cause visibility to be reduced and road conditions to change quickly. To help Hoosiers prepare for this winter storm the Indiana State Police offers the following tips.

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 cat litter), shovel, candle, matches, non-perishable high calorie food, first aid kit, and jumper cables.
  • Have a cell phone and charger cord available.
  • 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.

Should you 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 the exhaust pipe free of blockage to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Don’t panic.  An idling car uses approximately one gallon of gas per hour.

For Indiana road conditions call 1- 800-261-7623, or visit the Indiana Department of Transportation website at http://www.trafficwise.in.gov.  Please do not call dispatch centers for road conditions. Telecommunications operators will be extremely busy dispatching equipment and personnel to motorists requiring emergency assistance.

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