Safety on the Streets

Reported by: Melanie Kendall
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Updated: 1/05 11:52 pm

Police officers say drivers need to be prepared for anything to happen on the roadways with these bitter cold temperatures.

Hypothermia can set in after just 30 minutes of being out in single digit temperatures.

Lexington Police say if you end up broken down on the side of the road, the best thing to do is stay inside your vehicle.

“We're going to be able to find a car a lot easier than we are a person,” said Lt. Chris Van Brackle.  “With the weather that we're supposed to get we're talking about temperatures that are so cold you're going to get frost bite in a matter of minutes.”

Tips for Broken Down Cars in Cold Weather:

-Keep at least half a tank of gas

It prevents gas from freezing and will allow drivers to use the heat intermittently to stay warm until help arrives.

-Keep an emergency kit

            A few items to have on hand in case of a breakdown: extra warm clothes, an ice scraper, food and water, a flashlight, charged cell phone, inexpensive kitty litter to help get traction.

-Use a white cloth to signal other drivers

            If you don’t have any flares or signals, roll down the wind, put the cloth out and close the window so people know the vehicle is occupied.

-Stay off roads

            If you don’t have to be out driving, stay indoors.

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