• Ice and Snow Coming: Safety Tips

    January 31, 2011 No comments

    With the anticipation ice and snow arriving into the area today through Wednesday, the Indiana State Police is prepared to meet the needs of motorists, and the public by calling off-duty troopers to duty and putting additional troopers on stand-by. Snow and ice covered roads don’t cause crashes-motorists driving behavior causes crashes.

    Here is some winter driving safety tips.

    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 which 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 and 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 loosing 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.

    For road information:

    • The best sources for road and weather information are your local radio, newspaper and TV media.
    • PLEASE DO NOT CALL city, county or state police dispatch center to ask what the road and weather conditions are. We need to keep our lines open for emergency calls.
    • For statewide road and weather information visit INDOT’s web siteTrafficWise.IN.gov or dial 800-261-ROAD (7623). 
    • Another excellent source for the public and media to check on county snow emergency declarations is the Indiana Department of Homeland Security web site which is frequently updated:  www.in.gov/dhs/files/travel-advisory-map/
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