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[INDOT] Safety Tips for Severe Weather
Start Date: 2/15/2012
End Date: 2/15/2012
Entry Description

Safety Tips for Severe Weather

Drivers should prepare
for various conditions

The month of February can bring a wide variety of severe weather conditions in Indiana, including snow, ice, thunderstorms and tornados.  Driving in good weather can be challenging enough, but being prepared for all types of weather conditions can be the first step to safely reaching your destinations.

The best advice for driving in severe weather is not to drive at all, if you can avoid it.  If driving is absolutely necessary in winter weather, avoid going out until after snow plow and salt trucks have had a chance to improve road conditions.  Venturing out in the midst of any storm is dangerous and, in hindsight, often not as necessary as it might seem after an accident.

Stay tuned to local forecasts to be aware of current conditions and approaching storms.  Always plan ahead and allow yourself extra time to reach your destinations.  Being in a hurry can cause people to make poor, rash decisions that put themselves and other drivers in danger.

Don't tailgate and try not to pass snow plow and salt trucks.  If you must pass, take extreme caution.  You will likely find the road in front of them worse than the road behind.  Be patient, decrease your speed, give yourself plenty of room to stop, and allow the plow truck drivers room to do their job—clearing the road to make your drive safer.

Always turn on your low beam headlights when driving in bad weather.  If you need your windshield wipers, turn on your headlights.  Even if you can see the road, your headlights will allow other drivers to better see you.  If conditions worsen and you can’t see the road or far enough ahead to safely stop, turn on your emergency flashers, pull over and remain in your vehicle until conditions improve.  Regularly check your emergency flashers and headlights, windshield wipers and tires to ensure they are functioning properly and in good condition for all potential weather situations.

Avoid high water and downed power lines.  Never attempt to drive over a power line or on a flooded road.  Be safe, turn around and find an alternate route.  If water is too deep to see the road, it is too deep to attempt crossing.  Water can be deeper than it appears, and moving water can wash away the road beneath.  Just a few inches of water can stall an engine or float and sweep a vehicle away.

INDOT wants all drivers and their families to stay safe on the roads in good and bad weather.  Always buckle up, never drive impaired, drive defensively, drive attentively and share the road.  Links to more safe driving tips, road conditions and highway restrictions, as well as the latest INDOT news and information can be found at

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