Keep Safety in Mind When Traveling Amid Wintery Weather

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By WVUA 23 News Reporter Aajene Robinson

It’s cold out there, and that means taking some extra precautions.

If you’re a regular driver, you’ll want to have certain items in your car in case of emergencies.

Make sure you’re carrying a blanket, a first aid kit, emergency food and other emergency supplies in your car.

Drive slower, try to avoid quick turns and avoid using the brakes too hard are good ways to be cautious while driving.

Clay Ingram with AAA Alabama said it’s important to be able to see the roads but also be seen.

“Clean off all the windows all around your vehicle before you get in to go anywhere,” he said. “A lot of people just clean their windshields and maybe the driver side window, but you need to clean the windows all the way around, scrape them off.”‘

Creating a plan with your family, having food and other supplies ready in case your power goes out is important.

Make sure your outdoor pets are brought inside.

If you use a space heater, reduce the risk of fire by keeping it at least 3 feet from walls, furniture or flammable items.

If you’re cold in the house, add layers of clothing.

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