Get A Grip When Driving This Winter

By Scott Sarvay
By Max Resnik

December 6, 2010 Updated Dec 6, 2010 at 6:58 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - The cold temperatures, snow, wind and ice are here and they're here to stay so it's important to remember some safe driving tips.

Before heading out check your tires to make sure they're ready to tackle slick, slushy, salty roadways. Also, check your fluids. See if they're topped off or if more is needed. Before you park your car for the night, regardless if it's in a garage, make sure you have at least half of a tank of gas. Your gas can freeze if temperatures get low enough. Additionally, you don't want to run out of gas in the middle of winter on an interstate.

When driving on those interstates don't feel you must drive the speed limit. Just because the sign says 65 MPH does not mean you must go that fast. Know the roadway conditions. Know your car's abilities in the snow. Know your own abilities.

Regardless of the season move over for any emergency or service vehicles stopped on the roadside. It's the law and you could prevent a horrible accident.

On Monday around mile marker 111 along I-69 a Fort Wayne police car was smashed into as an officer attended to a crash victim. Luckily no one was injured, but this happens more than you might think.

Keep road flares or brightly colored garments that can be tied to an antenna in your car should you have to wait for help. Have a spare cell phone, food, a flashlight and blankets.

The roads could be messy for the next three to four months so try to consider these tips whether driving to work or going out to dinner. Wherever you may be headed, it could make a huge difference in having a safe winter.

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