Statement as issued Tuesday by the Indiana State Police:
Governor Pence has proclaimed November 17-23, 2013 as Winter Weather Preparedness Week in Indiana.
To help Hoosiers prepare for this the Indiana State Police offers the following tips.
- Before traveling, check the forecast and let someone know your travel route
- Keep your gas tank at least half-full
- Carry a winter driving kit that should include blankets, flashlight, extra batteries, a brightly colored cloth, sand (or kitty litter), shovel, candle, matches, non-perishable high calorie food, first aid kit, and jumper cables
- Have a cell phone and charger cord
- Slow down on snow/ice covered roads
- Allow extra time to arrive at your destination
- Clear all vehicle windows of ice and snow. Remove snow from hood, roof and lights.
- Use extra caution when driving across bridges, underpasses, shaded areas and intersections where ice is slow to melt
- Avoid abrupt stops and starts. Slow down gradually.
- Don't leave your car. It's the best protection you have.
- Tie a brightly colored cloth to your antenna
- Roll down your window a small amount to allow fresh air in your vehicle
- Keep exhaust pipe free of blockage to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning
- Don't panic. An idling car uses approximately one gallon of gas per hour
For more information
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