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Tobey reminds you:

HOW TO PREPARE FOR WINTER DRIVING:

~Plan your driving in advance.

~Avoid driving when fatigued.

~Check weather conditions for your travel route before you begin driving.

~Allow for extra driving time so you aren't rushing.

~Inform someone of your route and planned arrival time.

~Choose warm and comfortable clothing.

~Warm up your vehicle BEFORE driving off. It reduces moisture condensing on the inside of the windows.

~NEVER warm up your vehicle in a closed garage.

~Remove snow and ice from your vehicle. It helps to see and, equally important, to be seen.

~Bring a cell phone if you have one but do not leave it in the car as the battery will freeze.


HOW TO DRIVE IN WINTER WEATHER:
 

       ~Buckle up while you are driving.

       ~SLOW DOWN! Posted speed limits are for ideal travel conditions.

       ~Be alert. Black ice will make a road look shiny.

       ~Reduce your speed when approaching snowy intersections.

       ~Drive with headlights on. This makes your vehicle more visible.

       ~Keep a large distance between vehicles.

       ~Steer with smooth and precise movements.

       ~Be aware of bridges which are usually icier. 
 
 
 

WHAT TO DO IF YOU START TO SKID:

       ~Above all DO NOT PANIC!

       ~Steer in the direction you want your vehicle to go.

       ~DO NOT BRAKE!

       ~DO NOT ACCELERATE!
 
 
 

WHAT TO DO IF YOU GET STUCK OR STRANDED IN THE SNOW:

       ~Don't panic!

       ~Avoid over-exertion and over-exposure to the cold.

       ~If unable to shovel your car out, stay inside the car until help arrives.

       ~Stay in the car in blizzard conditions.

       ~Turn on flashing lights, set up flares or tie bright clothing to antenna.

       ~Run the car engine occasionally (about 10 minutes every hour) to provide heat.

       ~Ensure that the tail exhaust pipe is free of snow.

       ~Bundle up in a blanket or clothes.

       ~Monitor for any signs of frostbite and hypothermia.

       ~Do not fall asleep. If there is more than one person in the car, take turns sleeping.

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