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Updated January 11, 2016 7:42 AM
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(UNDATED) - With the frigid cold temperatures and high winds we're experiencing, a disabled or stranded vehicle could make for a dangerous situation for the driver and passengers.

Following the few tips listed below could save your life:

  • Before leaving check the weather forecast and let someone know your route of travel.
  • Always 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. Do not panic, 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.

The Indiana State Police offers the following driving tips for inclement weather:

  • Allow extra time to get to your destination.
  • Clear all windows of ice and snow and remove snow from hood, roof and head lights and tail lights.
  • Beware of bridges, overpasses and intersections where ice tends to form first.
  • Don't use cruise control on slick roads.
  • Avoid abrupt stops and starts, slow down gradually and keep wheels turning to avoid losing traction.
  • Use headlights even during daylight hours.
  • INCREASE the following distance between you and the vehicle in front of you.
  • DECREASE YOUR SPEED according to the road conditions.
  • Make sure everyone in your vehicle is properly restrained.
  • DON'T BE DISTRACTED-Pull over and stop to use electronic devices.
  • MOVE OVER and SLOW DOWN for emergency vehicles, snow plows and highway service vehicles.

These simple tips and items placed in your car could save your or a family member's. Motorists are also reminded that with the frigid temperatures, gusting winds and blowing snow also comes the possibility of intersections, bridge decks and overpasses icing over. Please keep this in mind and drive with caution. For Indiana road conditions call 1-800-261-7623 or visit the INDOT web site at

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