Connecticut State Police Patch STATE OF CONNECTICUT
Department of Public Safety
1111 Country Club Road
Middletown, Connecticut 06457
February 7, 2007



          As a deep freeze overtakes the state this week, the Connecticut State Police remind all motorists to be prepared as they travel local roads and highways.

One of the best ways to be ready as temperatures hover in the teens is to ensure that your car is winterized and in top operating condition. Keep the gas tank full and check the windshield wiper blades, tires and all lights to make sure they are in working order.

Always carry a fully-charged cell phone to use in case of an emergency. A cell phone is a vital component of any winter safety kit, along with a warm blanket, extra clothes, shovel, flares and first aid kit. Also, non-perishable food such as canned nuts, dried fruit and hard candy and a box of tissues should be kept on hand. Drivers and their passengers should dress for outdoor conditions in layers.

“We strongly recommend that motorists stay prepared as they take to the highways this winter. As the temperatures stay below freezing, it is more important than ever that all drivers plan for every trip they make – whether a 10-minute drive to the mall or a 60-mile drive to visit a relative,” said Public Safety Commissioner Leonard Boyle.

Although Connecticut has not been hit with a major snowstorm yet, there are still six more weeks of winter and snow has been known to hit hard in March and even April.

Motorists should always check the latest local forecasts and road conditions before starting a journey. During a snow event, reducing speed and expanding distances between cars is an absolute necessity for safe driving.

If you become stranded in your vehicle in winter weather, stay with your vehicle and do not try to walk to safety.  Call 911 from your cell phone for help. Run the motor for about 10 minutes each hour for heat. Open a window slightly for fresh air and make sure the exhaust pipe is not blocked.