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Louisiana State Police Tips On Driving In Deteriorating Weather Conditions

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With deteriorating weather conditions anticipated tonight and tomorrow, the Louisiana State Police has issued tips on how to handle driving if you have to get out in the weather tonight or tomorrow.

  • Reduce speed
  • · Allow extra time to reach your destination
  • · Allow extra space between vehicles
  • · Do not drive using the cruise control in icy conditions
  • · Anticipate stops (such as stop signs and traffic signals) and brake gently while stopping
  • · If you encounter a skid, take your foot off accelerator and steer into the skid till you regain control
  • · Use low beam headlights if it is raining/sleeting
  • · Ensure all vehicle occupants are properly restrained

This would be an excellent time to check the condition of your vehicle’s tires, battery, windshield wipers and antifreeze. Low tread on tires can cause a vehicle to lose traction in all weather conditions. Weak batteries can prevent vehicles from starting in cold weather.  Anti-freeze will protect your engine and radiator from freezing up due to cold temperatures.

If you have vehicle problems, be sure to stay with your vehicle, as freezing temperatures can be life-threatening.  Have a survival kit:  emergency first aid kit, blankets, jumper cables, high-energy or dehydrated foods, flashlight with extra batteries, extra (charged) cell phone battery, emergency flares, and bottled water.

If you experience difficulties or witness hazardous situations while on the highway, notify your local State Police Troop office by dialing *LSP (*577) from your cell phone or contact your local law enforcement agency.

Source: LSP SGT. James Anderson

 

Please be careful if you have to get out tonight or tomorrow and report in traffic problems to our Facebook page.

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