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Safety office offers tips for winter months

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Due to the hazardous conditions brought about by winter weather, the 460th Space Wing safety office has put together steps to equip drivers with the appropriate knowledge to combat possible situations they may find themselves in.

Common mistakes made during winter months can be prevented by simply knowing what to look for.

"During the winter season, many people neglect to think about the important things that will help them survive the Colorado winter weather and avoid winter mishaps," said Master Sgt. Carlos Rogers, 460th Space Wing Safety Office superintendent.

In the winter months, the harsh weather conditions can cause problems while on the road. Dangerous situations can be avoided by driving at an appropriate speed, not slamming on the brakes, keeping a good distance between cars and giving ample time to reach your destination.

"The most common things that lead to mishaps are not having your vehicle properly prepared for the weather, not wearing the proper personal protective equipment while participating in winter sports, and not maintaining situational awareness of your surroundings," Rogers said.

According to the Colorado Department of Transportation, items recommended in your winter emergency kit for your car are:                                                                                                                                                    
- Ice scrapper
- Cat litter or sand
- Blanket and extra clothes
- Food and water
- Flares
- First aid kit
- Shovel
- Alternative traction devices or chains

Getting new windshield wipers, checking the wiper fluid, antifreeze, tire pressure and tread, will prepare your vehicle to tackle the harsh winter weather, Rogers said.

For weather warnings or inclement weather reporting instructions, call the snow line at 720-847-SNOW, or check the Buckley Air Force Base Facebook page or Twitter feed.
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