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What to do in a winter crash

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Winter weather means slippery streets and that can lead to accidents. 

In fact there were 185 of them on Monday according to the Iowa State Patrol. 

The Department of Transportation says you can prepare for the potential of ending up on the side of the road by packing a survival kit. 

"Heavy snow mobile pants, additional hats, gloves, mittens, even blankets and sleeping bags can be vital if you've gone way down in the ditch and maybe people can't get to you in quite awhile," says Cathy Cutler, Iowa DOT Transportation Planner. 

If you do end up in a crash Cutler says it's best to stay inside your vehicle.

"Stay belted in your car and wait for somebody to come and help you," she told us. 

You can also turn your hazard lights on to be more visible to other drivers. 

The Iowa DOT has hundreds of cameras monitoring roads across the state. 

"They can kind of tell if speeds are slowing down, a sensor will go off and they'll take the camera and look at what's going on in the particular stretch of our roadway and then they'll dispatch the Highway Helper."

Highway Helpers assist stranded motorists in the Cedar Rapids, Des Moines and Council Bluffs areas. 

It is also a good idea to have your cell phone charged in case you need to call for help. 

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