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Exercise greater caution when driving in snow

Snow or freezing rain can make driving conditions treacherous. Follow these tips to be safe on the road or if you encounter a problem and wind up stuck in your vehicle:
 - Make sure your vehicle is ready for winter with a window scraper, cat litter or sand in case you get stuck, extra clothes and a Disaster Supplies Kit in your trunk.

 - Keep the gas tank full and clean the lights and windows to help you see.

  - Pack high-protein snacks, water, first aid kit, flashlight, small battery-operated radio, an emergency contact card with names and phone numbers, extra prescription medications, blankets and important documents or information you may need.

 - Find out what disasters may occur where you are traveling and pay attention to the weather forecast. Before you leave, let someone know where you are going, the route you plan to take, and when you expect to get there. If your car gets stuck, help can be sent along your predetermined route.

 -  Make sure everyone wears a seat belt, and give your full attention to the road. Avoid distractions such as cell phones.

 - Don’t follow other vehicles too closely. Sudden stops are difficult on snowy roadways.

 - Don’t use cruise control when driving in winter weather.

 -  Don’t pass snow plows.

 - Know that ramps, bridges and overpasses will freeze before roadways.

•  If you're stuck, don’t run your engine and heater constantly (to help avoid running out of gas.) Don’t use things like lights or the radio without the engine running so the battery doesn’t conk out.

 - If you have an issue, move your vehicle off the roadway. Stay with it – don’t abandon it. If you have to get out of your vehicle, use the side away from traffic.