With the cold months of winter upon us, driving conditions can change quickly. To help Hoosiers prepare for another winter driving season, the Indiana State Police offers the following safety tips.
- Before traveling, check the forecast and let someone know your travel route.
- Keep your gas tank full.
- 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 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.
For Indiana road conditions between December 1st and March 31st, call 800-261-7623 or visit TrafficWise.