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Tips for safe winter driving

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- 01/15/2018) Colder temperatures bring the possibility for ice and snow, making for slick roads and longer commutes. That's why experts are encouraging drivers to take a few extra steps to prepare for the wintry conditions.

To make sure your car is ready to handle the elements, check your tire pressure. Fully inflated tires ensure the best traction on icy roads.

It's also a good idea to take your vehicle in for a winter maintenance checkup, that way you can be sure things like your battery, brakes and lights are all in good working order.  

However, in order to be fully prepared for the wintry streets, experts say drivers should also be taking precautions when getting behind the wheel.  

Greene County Emergency Services sent out a tweet encouraging drivers to prepare a winter driving kit. This kit is filled with items such as jumper cables, food and water and warm clothing and blankets. These are all items you can use to prepare for any unforeseen circumstances.

While winter driving kits help to prepare for the worst, using caution while navigating snowy roads can help to avoid those situations altogether. Taking longer to break and driving under the speed limit will help to ensure you get to your destination safely.

However, experts are adding that if you absolutely don't have to leave the house, then don't. Even if you are able to drive well in the wintry conditions, not everyone else is.

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