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Highway Patrol Provides Safe Driving Tips

The Kansas Highway Patrol released a statement concerning winter driving tips.

To find out road conditions, call 511 from a landline or cellular phone, or view conditions at:

Prepare your vehicle for winter travel by replacing wiper blades; ensuring tires have good tread and air pressure and making sure your vehicle is in good mechanical condition.

The vehicle should also be stocked with items that would be beneficial if you were involved in a crash, or your vehicle became stuck.

You should try to keep your gas tank full,

Clean frost and snow off all windows, mirrors, and lights, and use your headlights to provide optimum visibility. Make sure the entire window is clear.

Accelerate and brake gently, and increase following distance between you and other vehicles. Be particularly cautious on bridges, and in curves, as they are often the slicker parts of the road.

Steer in the direction you want to go if your vehicle loses traction and begins to slide.

Always wear your seat belt, and properly secure children in the proper safety seats.

Have a plan for your children should they get sent home from school early.  Listen to KNDY radio for the latest school closing reports.

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