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DSP Urge Safe Driving During Winter Weather

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DOVER, Del.- Delaware State Police troopers statewide continue to plan and prepare for a forecasted winter storm, which is expected to impact the Northeast region beginning Monday evening and continuing through Tuesday. 

Troopers said they will be ready and available to patrol, assist disabled vehicles, and manage roadway incidents and hazards for the duration of the event. According to police, most calls for service received by troopers during winter storms are for vehicle crashes, disabled vehicles, and abandoned vehicles that cause a major problem for DelDOT snow removal equipment and for troopers responding to emergency situations. Troopers strongly encourage motorists to postpone and avoid unnecessary travel.

Troopers urge all motorists who must travel to use extreme caution as weather conditions may change rapidly over the course of the event. Motorists should be prepared for snow covered and slippery roads, along with strong winds and limited visibilities which make driving conditions difficult. Use caution while driving when approaching intersections and off ramps, especially bridges and overpasses. Remember to reduce speed and increase following distance between vehicles. Allow ample time to reach your destination, allow extra space between vehicles, and keep vehicle headlights on to increase visibility.

Police said this would be an excellent time to check your vehicle ensuring it is in good working order for the expected conditions. Fill up the fuel tank in advance. Check the windshield wipers, windshield wiper fluid, tire tread, battery life, etc. If you should have vehicle problems, be sure to stay with your vehicle, as freezing temperatures can be life-threatening. Be sure to have an emergency kit in the vehicle consisting of a blanket, bottled water, snack, cell phone charger, and flashlight. Use caution and be safe during the storm.

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