12/14/10 The Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) is encouraging all motorists to check the statewide travel advisory map before venturing onto roadways. The map is continually updated with travel warning, watch and advisory information as reported by each county. The map is available at http://www.in.gov/dhs/files/travel-advisory-map/

“It’s important that motorists are aware of any travel restrictions in their area before leaving home,” says IDHS Executive Director Joe Wainscott. “The statewide travel advisory map is an excellent resource for keeping Hoosiers informed.”

IDHS also recommends carrying a small disaster kit with blankets, extra water, a small shovel and other items which may be helpful if you find yourself in trouble on the road.

 Should you become stranded:

  • Do not leave your car, it is the best protection you have.
  • Keep the overhead light on when the engine is running so you can be seen (remember to keep the windows cracked).
  • Tie a brightly colored cloth to the antenna for rescuers to see.
  • Run the engine for 10 minutes every hour to stay warm.  Remember, an idling car uses only one gallon of gas per hour.
  • Keep the exhaust pipe free of blockage to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. 

For more information on winter travel safety, visit www.in.gov/dhs/getprepared.