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AAA offers tips for potential winter storm

January 4th, 2017 by WCBC Radio

With weather forecasters calling for snow Thursday overnight, motorists Friday morning could be potentially facing a treacherous commute to work encountering icy and snowy roads.

“If you really don’t have to go out, stay home, or try to delay travel or telecommute until crews can clear roads. Also consider mass transit as a viable option to get to work,” advised Ragina Cooper Averella, Manager of Public and Government Affairs at AAA Mid-Atlantic. “Even if you can drive well in the snow, not everyone else can.”

AAA Mid-Atlantic also reminds motorists never to run a vehicle in an enclosed area, such as a garage, to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.  Always keep a vehicle’s gas tank at least half full to avoid gas-line freeze, and also in the event motorists find themselves stranded on the side of the road or in extensive traffic delays.

“Motorists whose commute is perhaps only 10-15 miles, may think they can make it to work or home on a quarter tank of gas,” commented Averella.  “However, during inclement weather in years past we’ve seen drivers running out of gas, as their vehicles were idling in unexpected, hour-long traffic jams, particularly on the commute home.”

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