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.
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