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DPS offers the following tips for staying safe during severe winter weather:

  • Monitor local weather broadcasts and follow up-to-the-minute weather conditions.
  • On icy roads, drive slowly and increase distance required for stopping.
  • Watch for downed trees and power lines across roads. If power is out, treat all intersections as four-way stops.
  • Make sure your vehicle is properly maintained before any trip.
  • Keep your gas tank full.

AAA also has some winter driving safety tips.

In addition, here is a list of emergency supplies drivers can keep in their vehicle:

  • Blankets/sleeping bags and extra clothing, mittens and hat
  • Cell phone, radio, flashlight, extra batteries
  • First-aid kit and pocket knife
  • High calorie, non perishable food, bottled water
  • Sack of sand or cat litter for de-icing roadway
  • Windshield scraper, tool kit, booster cables, tow rope and shovel

For additional information regarding winter weather preparedness, click here.

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