Topic: Fill Up That Gas Tank
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Always fill up your gas tank before driving into snow country. Driving in snow always brings with it the risk of long delays. For example, the chain-check station shown in the top photo is finally letting cars through after a 3 hour wait due to an overturned truck on the roadway ahead. Delays can also be frequent due to avalanche control and severe weather conditions. Warning: Always keep two windows cracked open a bit to prevent deadly carbon monoxide (from the exhaust system) buildup inside your vehicle when you are involved in long delays and have your engine running.

In the second photo, homebound travelers are caught in very crowded highway conditions due to thousands of skiers taking to the highways after a weekend's skiing. The 45 mile trip out of snow country will take them as long as 6 hours!

Gas stations, like the one shown in the bottom photo, can be few and far between in the high country and they are always inundated with travelers, especially when the going gets rough. If you filled up before you left town and then topped off your gas tank again before you got into the snow, you will probably not have to stop again on your way home.

Anytime you still have a considerable distance to go in the snow, take the opportunity to fill the tank up so that you have plenty of fuel in case of long delays.
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