Indiana State Police are reminding drivers of some winter weather driving basics that it seems many who find themselves in trouble seem to have forgotten.
Police remind you to be prepared.
Make sure that someone knows that you are out and know where you are going.
Keep your gas tank at least half-full.
Carry a winter driving kit that should include blankets, flashlights, extra batteries, a brightly colored cloth, sand (or cat litter), shovel, candle, matches, non-perishable high calorie food, first aid kit and jumper cables.
Have a cell phone and charger cord available.
Slow down on slick and snow covered roads and allow extra time to arrive at your destination.
Clear all vehicle windows of ice and snow. Remove snow from hood, roof and lights.
Use extra caution when driving across bridges, underpasses, shaded areas and intersections where ice is slow to melt.
If you get stuck police remind you to not leave your car because it is the best protection you have.
Tie a brightly colored cloth to your antenna to signal distress.
Roll down your window a small amount to allow fresh air in your vehicle.
If you run the engine to keep warm then keep the exhaust pipe free of blockage to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning
An idling car uses approximately one gallon of gas per hour so you always want to make sure that you have plenty of fuel.