Ind. State Police tips for travel

If you are driving, state police have a few reminders for you before you take off.

“Let’s start with you the driver,” Sgt. Joe Watts of the Indiana State Police said.  “Make sure you’re not distracted and are buckled up.”

“Make sure you are sober, you have all the necessary tools in your car. (It helps to have) a fully charged cell phone, so on and so forth. An emergency kit consisting of a shovel, kitty litter and some food high in protein snacks and some water.”

His tips are some of the essentials for driving in this winter season. A time when we’ve already seen several snow falls and road conditions from snow covered to icy.

By now you should know how your vehicle handles in these conditions. But if you don’t Sgt. Watts has some tips to know if your car or truck should even be out in this weather.

“Make sure you have good tires on your vehicle and good wipers. (Check that) your defroster and heater works. Just make sure your vehicle is in good working condition,” Watts explained. “Because if your vehicle is in not good working condition and you become stranded, it’s going to take us, as emergency responders, longer to get where you’re at.”

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