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Authorities Urge Driving Safety During Forecasted Winter Weather

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DELMARVA - Law enforcement agencies across Delmarva are warning that tonight's type of weather pattern can create treacherous conditions for motorists who are traveling along Delaware roadways.

Authorities say they are planning and preparing for the forecasted winter storm, as they will be ready and available to patrol, assist disabled vehicles, and manage roadway incidents and hazards for the duration of the event.

Delaware State Police say most calls for service received by troopers during winter storms are for vehicle crashes, disabled vehicles, and abandoned vehicles which cause a major problem for DelDOT snow removal equipment and for Troopers responding to emergency situations. Authorities are strongly encouraging motorists to postpone and avoid unnecessary travel.

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

Officials also recommend to take the time to check your vehicle ensuring it is in good working order for the expected conditions. They suggest filling up the fuel tank in advance, and checking the windshield wipers, windshield wiper fluid, tire tread, battery life, etc. If you should have vehicle problems, police say to sure to stay with your vehicle, as freezing temperatures can be life-threatening. They recommend to have an emergency kit in the vehicle consisting of a blanket, bottled water, snack, cell phone charger, flashlight, etc.

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