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Published January 14, 2011, 08:51 PM

Road Safety During Winter Storms

The snow falling is pretty light which can make for some poor visibility while driving especially on the highway or interstate. There are several things you should know before going on a trip.

A travel alert has been issued for the area and authorities are asking you to slow down and keep distractions to a minimum while driving.

The snow falling is pretty light which can make for some poor visibility while driving especially on the highway or interstate.

There are several things you should know before going on a trip.

Chuck German still has 200 miles to go to get back to Ludden, ND, his hometown.

"We're coming back from a fishing trip right now up by Lake of the Woods, so we got on the interstate up at Drayton and it's been pretty good," German said.

This latest winter storm caused poor visibility, snow drifts and near white-out conditions on interstates and highways. People like German are ready for anything.

"We got all the shovels and extra food and that's what it takes," German said.

But for those of you who may not be prepared, there are a few things you should know.

"Planning ahead is the biggest thing, know where you are going, find out the weather conditions before you leave, let someone know where you are going before you go. Keep minor winter survival things in your car," North Dakota Highway Patrol Officer Ryan Mugan said.

Authorities say you should remain calm if you find yourself in a ditch, stay inside the vehicle and call for help. If you do not have a phone, you can hang a cloth on the antenna and raise the hood of your car.

Make sure you have some essentials along with you.

"Some warm clothing, maybe even a shovel or flashlight for sure. Those hand/feet warmers you put in your gloves and boots," Mugan said.

Mugan says to drive according to the conditions and if you can't see, slow down.

"You have to because of the snow fog and so forth. You gotta take your time," German said.

"Speed is usually a cause of accidents. That and driving distracted. Keeping distractions to a minimum," Mugan said.

You can also access road information from any phone by dialing 511.

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