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ADOT’s ‘Know Snow’ series offers winter driving tips

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PHOENIX — For the first time this season, temperatures in Phoenix are expected to dip below 50 degrees during overnight lows as cities across Arizona experience a winter cool down.

For some areas, that means driving in adverse weather conditions.

The Arizona Department of Transportation keeps nearly 200 snowplows, 2 tow plows and 400 certified operators who train throughout the year to keep roads clear.

They have also issued a series of tips to help drivers plan around the snow and avoid typical winter hazards.

Those tips — which they have labeled as the “Know Snow” series — include preparing your vehicle, planning your route, notifying someone else of your projected arrival time, making sure to keep your gas tank three-quarters full and to call 511 for updated driving conditions.

October was one of the wettest months in the history of Phoenix and although there are differences in driving in snow and rain, ADOT recommends that under both conditions keeping a safe trailing distance is the most important thing you can do as a driver.

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