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Accident awareness during winter driving

by Danielle Wagner

CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) Winter weather and driving accidents are unfortunately part of living in Iowa.

Trooper Dave Goreham with the Iowa State Patrol said the most important tip is to remain in your car. Goreham says if it's unsafe to be in your car, find another place to wait instead of standing along the side of the road.

Besides sitting tight in your car, he said try to stay calm and call 9-1-1. Also keep your seatbelt on and turn on your headlights and hazard lights.

"The safest place you can remain is in your car. If your car ends up on the travel portion of the road, if you can move it, get it off onto the shoulder, as far off the travel portion as you can," said Trooper Goreham.

Before you even hit the road, adjust your headrest to give you better protection, charge your cell phone and put a safety kit together.

If an accident happens, don't assume anything about other drivers.

"You can't always assume people are going to be slowing down because you're in an accident or pulling over. That's not necessarily the case," he said.

Trooper Goreham said if you drive by an accident, slow down, get over and call 9-1-1.

Weather related accidents are part of people driving during winter months. If you are in accident because of weather, it could happen to someone else too.

"This time of year especially if you wreck or have an accident because icy road conditions, chances are somebody else is going to encounter that same spot you just lost control on that caused the accident in the first place. That's why it's best to stay inside the vehicle," said Trooper Goreham.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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