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WINTER TRAVEL: DOT Wants Drivers To Be Ready

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The Iowa Department of Transportation is preparing for Thursday’s winter storm and they want drivers to be ready as well.

Rain will transition to snow in the early afternoon for central Iowa. Wind gusts of up to 50 miles per hour are expected which could cause white-out conditions.

The DOT has sent out several reminders for safe winter travel:

  • Make sure your trip is necessary. The DOT says, delaying a trip by a few hours can give snow removal crews time to get the roads back to normal winter driving conditions.
  • Also, let someone know when you are leaving, when you expect to arrive, and your route.
  • Allow extra time to reach your destination. Trips can take three to four times longer than normal.
  • Wear your seatbelt and make sure you turn on your headlights to see and be seen.
  • Use your winter driving skills. That means don’t use cruise control, give yourself extra room to stop, and slow down.
  • Drivers should have an emergency survival kit in their car and a fully charged mobile phone.
  • Use caution when approaching, following, or passing a snowplow.

You can monitor road conditions across the state here or by calling 511.

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