ADOT offers winter driving tips for high country conditions
To better prepare those who will be driving up in the Arizona high country's winter conditions, the Arizona Department of Transportation has provided the following tips:
• Slow down, be patient and drive safely. Plan for extra travel time.
• Be alert: ice forms on bridges first and is hard to see.
• When driving behind a snowplow, stay back at least a few car lengths until it's safe to pass or until the plow pulls off the road. If you think you're traveling too close to a plow, you probably are. Be safe and stay back!
• Notify someone of your travel route, destination and projected arrival time.
• Carry an emergency preparedness kit in your vehicle that includes blankets, extra clothes, a flashlight, an ice scraper, a shovel, sand for traction, a fully charged cell phone and hazard warning lights or reflectors.
• Brake slowly to avoid any panic braking or jerking the steering wheel.
• Increase the distance between you and the traffic ahead.
• Carry plenty of food and water and all necessary medications.
• Carry tire chains, snow cables or snow tires.
• Wear warm clothes to protect you during extended time periods in cold temperatures.