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Drive with caution this holiday season and call 511 before you go

The Adams County Record of Council, Idaho

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Snow, wind, poor visibility and ice can make winter driving difficult in Idaho, so the Idaho Transportation Department reminds drivers to use extra caution when traveling the state's highways this holiday season.

Allow extra time to reach your destination. If you must drive in the snow, make sure you and your car are prepared for cold weather and that you know how to handle road conditions.

Before embarking on an extended trip let someone know where you are going, the route you plan to take and when you expect to arrive.

Check ITD's 511 Traveler Services before you go. It provides up-to-date information on highway conditions as well as information about weather, detours and lane closures. Simply dial 5-1-1 or visit

To access Idaho's 511 Traveler Service when out of state, dial (888) 432-7623, a toll-free number.

ITD offers the following winter safe-driving guidelines:

Slow down and stay behind snowplows. Drivers should allow at least two car lengths behind snowplows for every 10 mph of vehicle speed.

Anticipate black ice on bridge decks and on entrance and exit ramps.

Turn on headlights.

Turn off cruise control settings.

Be patient; allow extra time if conditions warrant.

Carry water, food and other emergency provisions. - Make sure your cell phone is charged, but don't use it while operating a vehicle. Pull off the highway at a safe place or let a passenger access the information for you.

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Original Publication Date: December 23, 2009

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