INDOT begins pre-treating roads, offers safety tips for holiday travelers

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The Indiana Department of Transportation began pre-treating roads and bridges Monday.

A major winter storm is forecasted to hit the state late Tuesday evening.

INDOT has also offered some safety tips for holiday travelers:

  • 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 brakes; if you have anti-lock brakes, press the pedal down firmly and hold it; if you don’t, gently pump the pedal
  • NO CRUISE CONTROL; avoid abrupt steering maneuvers
  • MAINTAIN GOOD VISIBILITY, stay alert and use your headlights so others can see you
  • GIVE SNOWPLOWS ROOM to operate; don’t tailgate or try to pass

Indy Snow Force said they have 118 drivers who will report for duty at 11 p.m. Christmas night. The drivers will work in 12-hour shifts until all of the snow is moved off of the roadways. If more than six inches falls, outside contractors will be brought in to clear residential areas.

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