Winter weather driving tips: How to stay safe when the snow starts to fly

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It is that time of year again. Soon the snow will be piling up, making  for tricky travel.

The Canton Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is urging drivers to consider the following tips on how to drive cautiously, what to do in the event of a crash, and what items to keep in your trunk for safety.

During the winter of 2015-2016, The Ohio State Highway Patrol reported, 11,544 crashes occurred on snow, ice and slush covered roadways in Ohio. These crashes resulted in 9 deaths and 3,096 injuries.

As always, you are asked to give yourself more time getting to your destination, maintain safe distance between your vehicle and the traffic ahead and use extra caution over bridges and overpasses.

“In case of a vehicle breakdown, motorists should turn on their hazard warning lights, safely position the vehicle as far off the road as possible, call #677 for assistance and remain in the vehicle until help arrives,” explained Lt. Leo T. Shirkey, commander of the Canton Post.

All drivers are  encouraged to carry the following winter car kit items in their vehicle in case of a breakdown:

· Cell phone with car charger
· Road flares or reflectors
· Help or Call Police signs
· First aid kit
· Flashlight
· Blanket/Sleeping bag
· Small shovel
· Bottled water and energy foods
· Candles and matches
· Tow strap/chain

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