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Be prepared when traveling during inclement weather....
If travel is necessary during any period of a storm, make sure to have a fully charged and functioning cell phone.
The Indiana Department of Homeland Security also recommends carrying blankets, extra water, a small shovel and other items which may be helpful if a driver finds trouble on the road.
If you become stranded:
â€˘Make sure to have at least a quarter tank of gas in the vehicle before leaving. This will help prevent the fuel line from freezing.
â€˘Unless there is shelter immediately accessible, do not leave the car.
â€˘Keep the overhead light on when the engine is running so the car can be seen. Remember to keep the windows cracked.
â€˘Tie a brightly colored cloth to the antenna for rescuers to see.
â€˘Run the engine for 10 minutes every hour to stay warm. Remember, an idling car uses only one gallon of gas per hour.
â€˘Keep the exhaust pipe free of blockage to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
â€˘If involved in a crash and no one is injured and the involved vehicles are still drivable, move to a safe area to exchange names, vehicle and license plate information, along with driver license number and insurance agent name and phone number with the other driver.
â€˘During severe weather conditions law enforcement will be busy responding to emergency calls and will not be able to take reports of crashes where there is only damage to property.
â€˘Vehicles left abandoned along interstate and state road right-of-ways are subject to immediate removal during inclement weather events.