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Driving safe in the winter helps prevent crashes

Winter weather is here, and with it comes many dangers on the roads. Storms impact different regions in a variety of ways, and some areas are better prepared than others. While your area might be well-equipped to handle ice and snow, there are still some things you should know about being safe in the winter.

One thing to think about is, of course, the ice and snow. Accumulating snow makes it hard to see the road or ditches that may follow the roads. Someone sliding on ice could end up in a snowbank, which is difficult to get out of. Along with snow and ice come cold, which can freeze liquids in your vehicle and cause hypothermia if you're caught without heat. Remember to keep an emergency safety kit. You should keep emergency blankets, food and water on hand in case your vehicle stalls or you're in an accident and have to wait for help to arrive.

Finally, a major factor in collisions is wind. High winds come with blizzards and winter storms. They push vehicles off the roads, especially if ice or snow is on the ground. Add to that the wind chill, which makes it feel colder, and victims could suffer not only from injuries due to the impact of a crash but also due to hypothermia or frostbite.

Driving safe during the winter helps prevent crashes. Take the time to prepare; use snow tires or all-weather tires, drive slowly, check the weather before heading out and pay attention. If everyone takes the time to prepare, more people can get where they're going safely.

Source: National Weather Service, "Dangers of Winter Weather," accessed Dec. 28, 2017

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