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Preparing for winter travel

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With a significant snowstorm expected to grip the area on Tuesday, anyone venturing out on the roads should take precautions.

The National Safety Council said spare tires should be properly inflated. You should have essential supplies in your vehicle like a wheel wrench, tripod-style jack, shovel, jumper cables, tow and tire chains, and a bag of salt or kitty litter.

Your tool kit should include a flashlight and extra batteries, a First-Aid kit, brightly colored cloth and ice scraper and snow brush.

You should also consider having scissors and string or cord and nonperishable food items that produce high energy such as unsalted canned nuts, dried fruits and hard candy.

Blankets, socks, a cap and heavy woolen mittens are essential when out in cold and icy conditions.

If you become stranded, stay calm. Do not leave your vehicle unless you know where you are, how far you must travel and that it will improve your situation. To attract attention, you should hang a brightly colored cloth from your antenna or light flares if you have them.

Make sure your exhaust pipe is not blocked and run the engine and heater for about 10 minutes every hour or so depending on the amount of gas you have. When running your engine, keep one window open slightly because heavy snow and ice can seal a car shut and cause carbon monoxide poisoning.

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