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Caution: winter may be closer than it seems

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Beat the snow and ice by planning ahead for winter weather. The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) says now's the time to be sure you and your vehicle are prepared for snow and ice.

The keys to a safe, stress-free winter-driving season: slow down, ensure you're equipped for emergencies and give yourself extra travel time. WSDOT officials say drivers also should winter-proof their vehicle now, well before the first winter storm hits.

"Prepare now so you're ready whenever the snow starts to fly," said James Morin, WSDOT's snow-and-ice program manager. "We'll be working to keep the highways open, but we also need drivers' help to keep everyone safe and moving."

Drivers can...

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