Troop K reminds motorists to exercise due care if traveling during the predicted winter storm

The New York State Police from Troop K, covering Columbia, Dutchess, Putnam and Westchester Counties, would like to remind motorist to exercise due care when traveling the roadways Wednesday into Thursday.

The chance of inclement weather, possibly consisting of snow, sleet and rain is expected to continue throughout the morning hours of Thanksgiving, November 27, 2014, which will make all roadways slick and unpredictable. Allow adjustments to your schedule to ensure safe holiday travel or simply avoid unnecessary travel.

The State Police would like to remind motorists to stay off the roads if possible.  If you must drive, use extreme caution and drive slow.

If you must travel, make sure your car is stocked with survival gear like blankets, shovel, flashlight with batteries, extra warm clothing,  quick energy foods, jumper cables, and tire chains if you have them. An extra bottle of washer fluid should also be available.

Leave extra space between you and the vehicle in front of you.

Keep your gas tank as full as possible in the event that you are stranded or stuck in traffic.

Check your tires for quality tread and proper inflation.

Keep your cell phone battery charged and keep it with you whenever traveling. If you should become stranded, you will be able to call for help, advising rescuers of your location.

Make sure someone knows your travel plans and routes.

For road conditions, traffic, travel and transit info, use http://511ny.org/ or call 511.

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