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Oct 22, 2012 5:38 PM by Greg Boyce

Motorists urged to prepare for winter

This is Colorado Winter Awareness Week and it's time to prepare your car for the cold.

"This time of year, winter weather can strike at any time, which means we all need to get our emergency kits and vehicles ready for winter travel," said CDOT Executive Director Don Hunt. "Early preparation will help ensure the safety of those traveling Colorado highways during inclement weather."

The first step in preparing for winter is ensuring that you have an emergency kit in your vehicle in case you are stranded. If you find yourself stranded, stay in your vehicle, turn on your flashers, call for help and wait until it arrives. Your emergency kit should include the following:

· Flares/reflectors to signal for help and warn other motorists

· Sturdy scraper/snow brush/snow shovel to clear snow

· Battery or crank-powered radio to listen to emergency broadcasts

· Flashlight with extra batteries or crank-powered flashlight

· Survival blanket or sleeping bag

· Chemical hand warmers

· Extra set of clothes, including coat, hat, mittens, boots, etc.

· Water for each person and pet in your car

· Food items containing protein such as nuts and energy bars; canned fruit and a portable can opener

· First Aid Kit and essential medications

· Tire chains and tow strap

· Non-clumping kitty litter/sand for traction

· Jumper cables

· Extra cloth or paper towels for cleanup if necessary

· Deck of cards or board game for entertainment

In addition to the emergency kit, be sure to check your vehicle now and before any road trip to make sure it is in safe operating condition.

· Windshield Wiper Fluid

· Heater/Defroster

· Wiper Blades

· Antifreeze

· Lights

· Ignition

· Exhaust System

· Tire Tread

· Battery Brakes

In addition to the emergency kit and vehicle preparedness, it is important for motorists to keep speeds down during inclement weather and give snow plows room to do their job.

 

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