Prepare for winter driving conditions

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PHOENIX (CBS5) -

ADOT and the Department of Public Safety recommend the following winter driving tips:

  • Slow down, be patient and drive safely. Plan for extra travel time.
  • Be alert: ice forms on bridges first and is hard to see.
  • Leave approximately 500 feet between your vehicle and a snowplow.
  • Maintain at least a three-quarter full tank of gas.
  • Notify someone of your travel route, destination and projected arrival time.
  • Carry an emergency preparedness kit in your vehicle that includes blankets, extra clothes, a flashlight, an ice scraper, a shovel, sand for traction, a fully charged cell phone, and hazard warning lights or reflectors.
  • Brake slowly to avoid any panic braking or jerking the steering wheel.
  • Increase the distance between you and the traffic ahead.
  • Carry plenty of food and water and all necessary medications.
  • Carry tire chains, snow cables or snow tires.
  • Wear warm clothes to protect you during extended time periods in cold temperatures.

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