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Drivers urged to use caution in winter storm, stay home if possible

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AAA is urging drivers to take precautions and be prepared if they have to be on the roads during the winter storm

As residents brace themselves for the severe winter weather conditions expected throughout the state, AAA is urging drivers to play it safe.

Adrienne Woodland, spokesperson for AAA – The Auto Club Group says, “We’re urging motorists to follow the advice of local authorities and stay home if you can,” she adds, "If you must get on the road, be sure to have at least a half tank of gas, significantly reduce your speed and stay off closed roads.”

AAA offers these tips to help you stay safe if you got stranded on the roadside. They advise you stay in your vehicle; your car can provide shelter, allowing emergency responders to best locate you and prevent you from being struck by an approaching vehicle.

Also they say to avoid driving on the shoulders or medias of highways to get around a traffic jam.

Other tips include, if you must be on the road, pack a well-stocked emergency kit and watch for icy surfaces on bridges and intersections, even if the rest of the road seems to be in good condition.

More information can be found at AAA.com

Jennifer is an award winning broadcast news journalist with more than two decades of professional television news experience including the nation's fifth largest news market. She's worked as both news reporter and news anchor for television and radio in markets from Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo all the way to San Francisco, California.