CONCORD — As winter weather approaches, the New Hampshire State Police, Department of Transportation and Department of Environmental Services remind motorists that driving during winter storms can be dangerous, depending on conditions and driver behavior.

Now is the time to start thinking differently about how you drive in winter conditions — before it's too late.

Prepare your vehicle by installing snow tires and an "emergency kit" that may include jumper cables, a flashlight, a folding shovel, rock salt, a first aid kit, emergency flares and a blanket.

Avoid driving during winter storms if possible. Drive more slowly in anticipation of slippery conditions, even if the roads do not appear to be slippery. Leave more room to stop safely. A four-wheel drive vehicle will not help you stop more quickly.

A top priority of state agencies is to keep residents and visitors safe. New Hampshire State Police, DOT and DES are fully committed to this mission.

"Please respect road crews and state and local police while they are doing their jobs, and particularly during winter storms," DOT Commissioner Chris Clement said. "They are out there in the worst conditions, putting their lives on the line for your safety."

Salting and plowing continue to be the best tools available to clear the roads, but they need time to have any effect on the driving conditions. If you notice slippery conditions, officials ask you to slow down and be assured that crews are working to clear all roads as soon as practical.

On the interstates and turnpikes, you may encounter "tandem plowing." That's when several plow trucks operate across all travel lanes to efficiently clear the highway. For everyone's safety, don't attempt to pass the plows and allow extra room behind the plows.

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