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Heavy rain, snow, ice and fog create concerns for all motorists. Regardless of the type of conditions; motorists often encounter reduced visibility, reduced traction, increased stopping distances and traffic congestion. The strategies for dealing with these conditions are simple: reduce speed, increase following distance, turn and break carefully, turn on your lights and be watchful ahead for emerging hazards.

Driving during adverse weather can be demanding for both the driver and the vehicle. It is important to insure that your vehicle is ready for all types of weather.

A number of items can affect your ability to manage adverse weather and should be inspected before the snow falls.

Check your tires, exhaust system lights and reflectors, antifreeze, brakes windshield wipers and washer fluid. Make sure that your heating and defrosting system is working! Be sure to include some personal gear including a snow shovel and an ice scraper.

Listen to the weather reports and stay informed about road and weather conditions. Plan your driving to account for unexpected delays. In extreme weather conditions consider changing your route to avoid the worse traffic conditions. If necessary, postpone your travel until conditions improve.

Most important, keep your cell phone charged!

Submitted by: Joe Roetter, Safety Director