MDOT provides safety tips for winter travel

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MDOT provides these winter travel tips.

Posted: Dec. 29, 2017 2:44 PM
Updated: Dec. 29, 2017 2:44 PM

JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) – With winter bearing down on Mississippi, the Mississippi Department of Transportation advises drivers to stay safe.

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Safe Driving Tips

  • Buckle up
  • Slow down
  • Allow more space between your vehicle and the one in front of you
  • Brake early and gently to avoid skidding and never slam on the brakes
  • Use headlights to be more visible to other motorists
  • Avoid using cruise control on icy roads
  • Avoid distraction such as talking on a cell phone and texting
  • Stay alert and watch out for other drivers on the roadway

Car Care Tips

  • Have your car battery and charging system checked for optimum performance
  • Clean, flush and put new antifreeze in your car’s cooling system
  • Have your brakes checked
  • Make sure the heater, defroster and windshield wipers work properly
  • Check the tire pressure weekly during the winter months
  • Make sure your inside lights are working and your headlights are aimed properly
  • Change your oil and oil filter at the recommended intervals
  • Make sure the exhaust system has no leaks. Carbon monoxide can accumulate quickly in closed vehicles

Car Kit Checklist

  • Windshield scraper
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Jumper cables
  • First aid kit
  • Blankets
  • Cell phone charger
  • Water/snacks
  • Emergency flares or reflectors

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