With the crazy cold temperatures we have and the threat of some nasty weather this weekend, take a minute to look over these tips to keep you safe while traveling.

I don't think many of us plan on getting stuck in a winter weather situation, but it happens every year. These tips could honestly be the difference between life and death.

  • Before leaving check the weather forecast and let someone know your route of travel.
  • Always keep your gas tank full when driving in cold weather.
  • Carry a winter survival kit in your car which is to include: blankets, extra warm clothes, flashlight, extra batteries, brightly colored cloth, sand or a bag of cat litter, shovel, candles and matches, non perishable high calorie foods, (nuts, raisins, and protein or energy bars), newspapers (for insulation), a first aid kit and jumper cables.
  • Do not leave your car if stranded, it is your best protection. Do not panic, an idling car only uses an average of one gallon of gas per hour.
  • Roll down a window a very small amount for fresh air.
  • Make sure the car’s exhaust pipe is not blocked to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • At night, leave your dome light on.
  • Always have your cell phone and a charger so you can call and let us know where you're located.

Information courtesy of the Indiana State Police (http://local.nixle.com/alert/5801611)