(UNDATED) – Monday's snow served as a reminder that winter weather is on the way and motorists should get prepared for winter time driving.
AAA officials says if it is not safe to travel and it's not necessary, don't drive.
If you do drive and become stranded, it is best to stay with the vehicle. Your car can provide shelter and enable emergency responders to best locate you. If you can start your engine, run it only long enough to keep warm, and make sure the exhaust pipe is snow-free.
It's a good idea to have an emergency kit in your vehicle. It should be made up of a cell phone and charger; jumper cables; warm gear including hats, gloves and blankets; flares, a flashlight and extra batteries; extra food and water; a general first aid kit; an ice scraper, snow brush and a shovel; and windshield washer fluid.
Remember to avoid braking on ice. If you are approaching a patch of ice, brake during your approach and control the skid. Applying pressure to your brakes while on ice will throw your vehicle into a skid.
Always keep your fuel tank at least half full to avoid fuel line freeze up.
Watch for icy surfaces on bridges and intersections, even if the rest of the road seems to be in good condition.
If your vehicle is equipped with four wheel drive, remember that it may help you get going quicker, but it won't help you stop any faster.
Also apply constant, firm pressure to the pedal with anti-lock breaks.
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