by Ken Davidson
Winter driving conditions are hitting the region before the end of November. INDot is reporting slowed traffic on I-65 and I-80/94. An accident on Cline Avenue has brought traffic to a crawl. Caution is urged if you must drive tonight. The Indiana State Police have issued the following tips for winter driving:
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.
Should you become stranded:
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 Indiana road conditions call 1-800-261-7623, or visit the Indiana Department of Transportation website at http://www.trafficwise.in.gov. In partnership with the Governor’s office, Indiana Department of Transportation, Indiana Department of Homeland Security, Indiana Department of Education and the Red Cross more information can be found at the following website