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Winter Driving Safety Tips

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  • Listen to weather reports and road reports and follow advice from officials.
  • View road conditions online.

  • For up-to-date or specific information before you leave home, contact a regional dispatch office.
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  • Always drive with caution. Measure your speed to road conditions.
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  • If you must drive in bad weather, plan ahead and make sure you have enough fuel.
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  • See and be seen; clear all snow from your vehicle roof, windows and lights. Clear all windows of fog and moisture. If visibility becomes poor, find a place to safely pull off the road as soon as possible.
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  • Try to travel on main roads.
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  • Wear warm clothes that do not restrict movement.
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  • Don't press on. If the going gets tough, turn back or seek refuge.  Don't drive anytime you're feeling sleepy.
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  • In bad weather, let someone know your route, your intended arrival time and if you become delayed.
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  • If your car gets stuck in a blizzard or snowstorm, stay in your car. Allow fresh air in by opening the window slightly on the sheltered side, away from the wind. You can run the car engine about 10 minutes every half-hour but first check the exhaust pipe to make sure it is not blocked.
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  • Keep a winter car survival kit in your vehicle at all times.
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