Arizona DOT: Be Ready for Rain, Snow Heading Into Christmas Weekend

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A wet forecast as Christmas weekend approaches means drivers should focus on safety – including slowing down – if they are traveling in rain or snow, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

Motorists should leave plenty of braking distance behind other vehicles, budget extra travel time and be patient if weather affects driving conditions. 

Here are additional winter and wet weather safety recommendations:

  • Leave prepared: Dress for cold weather if traveling into the high country. Bring extra clothes and gloves as part of an emergency prep kit in case you need to stop along a highway. Be sure your cellphone is charged and pack extra drinking water, food and prescription medications (in case you encounter delays).

  • Other items for an emergency kit: Blankets, flashlight, ice scraper, small shovel are helpful items to consider carrying in your vehicle if headed into winter weather conditions.

Drivers also can look for travel condition messages on ADOT’s statewide network of electronic signs.

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