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Winter driving safety tips

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Throughout the last winter season there were almost 14,000 crashes that occurred on snow, ice, or slush covered roads. Throughout the last winter season there were almost 14,000 crashes that occurred on snow, ice, or slush covered roads.
Good things to include in a winter preparedness kit are water, non-perishable foods, and jumper cables as well as blankets and flashlights. Good things to include in a winter preparedness kit are water, non-perishable foods, and jumper cables as well as blankets and flashlights.

Temperatures are dropping and the Ohio State Highway Patrol wants to make sure you are prepared to take on the winter roads.

Throughout the last winter season there were almost 14,000 crashes that occurred on snow, ice, or slush covered roads. The OSP encourages drivers to stay patient and alert during travels this year. Lieutenant Tim Grigsby, Commander of the OSP Lima Post, recommends giving yourself an extra 10 to 15 minutes to get where you are going because you never know what obstacles might come up. 

"You never know what you're gonna face, especially when winter time comes around," says Grigsby. "There are plow trucks on the road, you got school buses that travel a little bit slower, and there's a chance that you might have some roads that have not been plowed yet, so it kind of slows everything down a bit, therefore give yourself some extra time."

Grigsby also recommends having a winter preparedness kit on hand in case of an emergency.

"It doesn't take up a lot of room, it's there if you need it, and things like granola bars and water, they really don't expire anytime soon so those things can be put in at the beginning of inclement weather season and run all the way through. And if you never use it, you're really not out that much."

Good things to include in a winter preparedness kit are water, non-perishable foods, and jumper cables as well as blankets and flashlights.

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