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ISP: Prepare your car for winter driving

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With frigid cold temperatures expected tonight and the possibility of blowing and drifting snow, a disabled vehicle could make for a life or death situation for the driver and passengers, the Indiana State Police is saying.

Following these tips could save a life:

* Before you leave 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 candy 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 one gallon of gas per hour.

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

* Make sure the carís 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 police know where youíre located.

For Indiana road conditions call (800) 261-7623 or visit the INDOT web site at


Posted 1/3/2014