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ISP offers tips for winter driving

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Be prepared:

Before traveling, check the forecast and let someone know your travel route.

Keep your gas tank full if possible.

Carry a winter driving kit that should include: blankets, flashlight and extra batteries, a brightly colored cloth, sand (or cat litter), shovel, candle, matches, non-perishable high calorie food, a first aid kit and jumper cables and cell phone.

Drive according to road conditions:

Allow extra time to get to your destination.

Clear all windows of ice and snow and remove snow from hood, roof, head lights and tail lights.

Beware of bridges, underpasses, shaded areas and intersections where ice is slow to melt.

Slow down to increase traction; don't use cruise control on slick roads.

Avoid abrupt stops and starts, slow down gradually and keep wheels turning to avoid losing traction.

Use low beam headlights to decrease glare from ice.

Should you become stranded:

Don't leave your car, it's the best protection you have.

Tie a brightly colored cloth to your antenna if you need help.

Roll down your window a small amount for fresh air.

Keep the exhaust pipe free of blockage to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.

Don't panic; an idling car uses only one gallon of gas per hour.



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