Before you travel check with the National Weather Service (NWS). They issue winter weather warnings, watches and advisories. Please seewww.arh.noaa.gov/hazards.php or you can dial 5-1-1 and request call transfer to the NWS weather information line.
Know the current driving conditions . Listen to the local radio station, call 5-1-1 Travel In The Know, or log onto http://511.alaska.gov
Clear snow and ice from all windows and lights – even the hood and roof – before driving.
Plan long trips carefully.
Don't let your gas fall below a half tank. You can't count gas stations being open in the winter.
Let someone know where you'll be going and when you expect to arrive or return. Tell them to call authorities for help if you don't get back or check in within an hour of your estimate.
Carry a cell phone or other communications radio. Know, however, that cell phone coverage along much of Alaska's highway system is spotty and you may not be able to reach someone on the cell. If you are within cell range and run into life-threatening trouble, use it.
Travel during the daylight and travel with another person.
If you must go out during a winter storm, use public transportation.
Dress warmly. Wear layers of loose-fitting, layered, light weight clothing.
Carry food and several bottles of water.
Pay attention. Don’t try to out-drive the conditions. Remember the posted speed limits are for dry pavement.
Leave plenty of room for stopping.
Leave room for maintenance vehicles and plows – stay back at least 200 feet and don’t pass on the right.
Use brakes carefully. Brake early. Brake correctly. It takes more time to stop in adverse conditions.
Watch for slippery bridge decks, even when the rest of the pavement is in good condition. Bridge decks will ice up sooner than the adjacent pavement.