Cold Weather Travel Tips

Extreme cold temperatures and high winds can wreak havoc on your commute or make for a deadly situation for stranded drivers and passengers. Here are a few safety tips we learned from the Indiana State Police.

• Before leaving check the weather forecast and let someone know your route of travel.

• Always try and keep your gas tank full when driving in cold weather.

• Carry a winter survival kit in your car which is to include: blankets, extra warm clothes, flashlight, extra batteries, brightly colored cloth, sand or a bag of cat litter, shovel, candles and matches, non perishable high calorie foods, (nuts, raisins, and protein or energy bars), newspapers (for insulation), a first aid kit and jumper cables.

• Do not leave your car if stranded, it is your best protection. Don't panic, as an idling car only uses an average of one gallon of gas per hour.

• Roll down a window a very small amount for fresh air.

• Make sure the car’s exhaust pipe is not blocked to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.

• At night, leave your dome light on.

• Always have your cell phone and a charger so you can call and let us know where you're located.

These simple tips and items placed in your vehicle could save you or a family members' life. 

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