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Ten things for winter-driving virgins to know before hitting snowy roads

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Number 6: Keep your gas tank close to full, even with a hybrid-electric vehicle
If you get stuck in a traffic jam or in snow, you might need more fuel than you anticipated to get home or to keep warm. Note: To avoid carbon monoxide poisoning when stuck in snow, be sure to keep your vehicle's exhaust pipe clear of snow and ice, run your vehicle only in the open with the windows partially down, and run it only long enough to keep warm.
Number 5: Familiarize yourself with directions and maps before you go, even if you use a GPS system
Let others know your route and anticipated arrival time.
Continue to keep counting down the ten things for winter-driving virgins to know before hitting snowy roads.
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