Created: 12/10/2013 7:55 AM
By: Nikki Ibarra and Elizabeth Reed, KOB Eyewitness News 4
As temperatures drop and winter weather creates driving hazards, the New Mexico Department of Transportation is reminding motorists to pack their vehicles with emergency supplies.
NMDOT says being prepared is the best thing you can do when driving in winter weather. Be sure to pack a safety kit with essentials, like a flashlight, a blanket and a cell phone charger. Leave the house wearing coats and scarves, but NMDOT suggests taking layers off inside the car as not to restrict movement while driving.
The department also suggests leaving at least half a tank of gas in your vehicle at all times and giving your car about five to 10 minutes to warm up before you drive out of the driveway.
Now is also the best time of year to get your vehicle's brakes checked and to know if they're sensitive or not for a sudden stop. NMDOT also asks drivers to check the quality of their windshield wipers and car fluid to make sure it isn't frozen.
Also, adjust your seat so you sit no closer than 10 inches from the steering wheel. And one of the most important tips NMDOT stresses: Drive at a speed appropriate to the weather.
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