Digital Exclusive: Woodbury County Sheriff’s Office offers tips for driving in the winter

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KCAU) — As winter weather quickly approaches, it’s important to start preparing for driving in the cold weather.

Captain Willie Garrett with the Woodbury County Sheriff’s Office explains what motorists need to do to be prepared for driving throughout the winter, “The main thing is to check over your vehicle. Make sure that your windshield wiper blades are new and fresh, make sure your tire pressure is good and make sure you have a good battery in your car. Maybe go to whoever does your vehicle maintenance and make sure they do a thorough check over your antifreeze.”

Driving during the winter can be one of the most dangerous times to drive. Captain Garrett mentioned that it’s okay to drive at a speed you feel safe at with the winter conditions. One suggestion is not to go below half of tank of gas because if you happen to get stuck somewhere, you want to have enough fuel to keep yourself warm in the car. He also offers these winter driving tips for drivers.

“The big thing, of course, these days is everyone is going to be on their cellphone. No texting, writing, or sending messages but even talking on the phone takes one hand off the wheel. So make sure you slow down and be aware of your surroundings and keep your eyes on the road for those changes that come at any moment,” Garrett adds.

Captain Garrett said it’s a good idea to keep an emergency kit in your vehicle at all times because when you don’t think you’ll need it is when you’ll need it the most.

Items in the emergency kit should include:

  • Blanket
  • Snacks
  • Batteries
  • Flashlight
  • Boots
  • Jumper cables

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