The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) is urging citizens to prepare for weather-related problems on the roads across the state this winter.
Motorists are encouraged to dial *THP (*847) from a mobile phone for state trooper assistance in case of a roadside emergency.
"We want to make sure all Tennesseans are prepared in case they become stranded on the roads this winter. State troopers are standing by to assist motorists in the event of a roadside emergency during these extreme cold temperatures," THP Colonel Tracy Trott said.
Citizens who dial *THP (*847) from their cell phones will be connected to the nearest THP Communications Center. The next available state trooper will be dispatched to the area to assist.
Motorists should also prepare their vehicles in case of an emergency on Tennessee roadways. Emergency supplies in vehicles should include, but are not limited to, blankets, water, a windshield scraper, a flash light with fresh batteries, jumper cables and a first aid kit. Additionally, motorists should ensure the vehicle has plenty of fuel and that tires are properly inflated.
During ice or snow in Tennessee, if you must travel, please use extreme caution and take the roadways that have been treated with salt or brine.
Most importantly, motorists should always buckle up and make sure all passengers are properly restrained in the vehicle at all times, especially during inclement weather.
Visit the following link for road safety tips from the state's Department of Safety and Homeland Security: http://www.tn.gov/safety/10things2know.shtml