Winter vehicle and travel tips

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Winter in Iowa is inevitable, so is remembering your winter driving and vehicle skills.
The Newton Police Department would like to remind you of a few vehicle safety tips this winter:

If you must warm your vehicle before you leave:

• Lock the door and don’t let the vehicle out of your sight. Many winter auto thefts occur because of an easy opportunity.

• Don’t warm your vehicle while it’s still in the garage. Carbon monoxide can quickly build up and drift into your home.

• If you’re at the gas pump, shut your vehicle off, lock the doors and take the keys with you. Don’t leave your purse out in the open. It takes seconds to break a window and steal it.

• Never, ever leave an unattended child in your vehicle. It only takes a few minutes to remove the child from his/her car seat. Take the extra time and bring them inside with you — this includes gas stations, convenience stores or restaurants. “I was only in there for a few minutes” isn’t an excuse and can put your child at risk if someone decides to take the opportunity you left for them by stealing your car.

When the first snow/slush hits the ground, take your time and slow down. Stopping distances increase. Even if your car has anti-lock brakes, that doesn’t mean you’ll stop before hitting the car in front of you. Don’t speed up to make it through that yellow traffic light. Slow down and prepare for the red light.

Check your wiper blades. Are they worn out and need to be replaced? Is your snow brush and scraper in the trunk? Taking a few moments to prepare will save you the headache of not being able to wipe ice off your windshield or snow off your vehicle when you leave work.



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