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Winter Storm, Plows, February 8, 2013With a major winter storm upon us this week, travel should be avoided during the storm. If you must travel today or immediately following the storm, be sure to Prepare Your Vehicle For Winter Driving and bring Winter Car Supplies. Use Common Sense While Driving Near Snow Plows and Know what to do In Case You’re Stranded or In An accident.  Please review MassDOT tips:

Winter Car Supplies

Keep winter car supplies that can assist you in case of an emergency. You easily can equip your vehicle with essential gear for winter. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Booster cables
  • Two or more blankets
  • Snow shovel and scraper
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Extra clothing: cap, mittens, parka and overshoes or boots in case you have to walk for help.
  • High calorie, non-perishable food like candy and canned nuts.
  • Sand or strips of carpet for traction.
  • Extra windshield washer fluid and antifreeze
  • Flares or reflectors
  • Cloth/paper towels
  • Piece of bright cloth

In Case You Are Stranded While Driving In Winter

  • Call 911. If you have access to a telephone call 911 to summons help. In other states you may be able to call 911 or “O” to get the operator on the line. When you talk to authorities, be prepared to:
    • Describe the location, condition of your companions and the trouble you are experiencing.
    • Listen for questions.
    • Follow any instruction. You may be told you should stay where you are to guide rescuers or to return to the scene.
    • Do not hang up until you know who you have spoken with and what will happen next.
  • Stay in your vehicle. Walking in a storm can be very dangerous. You can lose your way, wander out of reach, become exhausted, collapse and risk your life. Your vehicle itself is a good shelter.

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