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Tips on driving in winter weather
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As temperatures drop below freezing Monday, you could see black ice and icy conditions after raining Sunday night into Monday.

The Bibb County Sheriff's Office offers these tips:

Do not travel unless absolutely necessary—if you do have to make a trip, check the forecast and plan ahead with safety in mind.

--Plan ahead and make sure before you head out: is your trip necessary?

--Watch out for black ice – roads that appear clear may be treacherous. Take it slow when approaching intersections, off-ramps, bridges, and shady areas – all are prone to black ice-one way to spot black ice is to look for darker areas of the roadway or slightly raised areas of the road.

--Always keep your gas tank at least two-thirds full to prevent the vehicle's fuel line from freezing.

--Dress warmly for the weather—dress in layers of loose-fitting, lightweight clothing in anticipation of unexpected winter weather emergencies.

--Make sure someone is aware of your travel route.

--Always carry an emergency car care kit that contains jumper cables, flares or reflectors, windshield washer fluid a small ice scraper, traction material, blankets, non-perishable food and a first aid kit.

--Carry a cell phone and make sure it is charged.

--If you see any roadway hazards or persons in need of help please contact the Bibb County Sheriff's Office at 478-751-7500, for Emergencies call 911.

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