Winter Hazard Awareness Week Ends with Winter Driving

Winter Hazard Awareness Week Ends with Winter Driving Click to Enlarge Photo: KNSI News

(KNSI) - Ending Winter Hazard Awareness Week, a week dedicated to raising awareness on how to stay safe this winter, is the topic of winter driving.

Winter driving can be dangerous and downright scary, so the Stearns County Emergency Operations Center is giving tips on how to be prepared in case of an emergency.

"It's that time of year to make sure that we have our emergency supplies, especially if we are going to be traveling," said Erin Tufte, Manager of the Stearns County EOC.

Tufte suggests asking yourself if you have the necessary items before traveling this winter.

"Ice scraper, extra windshield washer fluid, shovel, blanket, extra hat, and mittens. Do we really have those things prepared to be in our car?"

Consider storing an emergency kit in your car.

"When you think about what it could do to help you, in the event that something happens, the five minutes to put it in your car and that little corner space it takes, it's certainly worth the effort."

To ensure access to the emergency kit, keep it in your back seat or front console. Do not put it in the trunk because, in an emergency, you may not be able to get out of your car.

Tufte also suggests having alternate routes when traveling.

Throughout the week, the EOC focused each day on a different topic, ending with winter driving. To learn about the other topics and tips for staying safe this winter, click here.