LAKE COUNTY — With hazardous winter driving already causing havoc for drivers in Lake County, Sheriff Rich Martin offers three safety tips for safer experiences on the road.

Martin encourages people to give themselves plenty of time to get to their destinations during the winter months, even if the weather seems clear.

“Give yourself more time to get to destinations,” he said. “You cannot be sure when the weather might change, or if there are accidents or traffic backups. You don’t want to be out there driving at a fast speed trying to make up for lost time. It is good to hope for the best, but plan for the worse.”

Having provisions ready in case a driver gets stranded also is important, he added.

“If you do get stranded, it is good to have provisions such as blankets and make sure your phone is charged so you can contact help,” he said. “You should have at least a half tank of gas in your car at all times. All the time, people let their gas tanks run low. They are out traveling at night and plan to fill up their tank in the morning, but if they get stuck in a traffic backup or other incident, they are using more gas than they thought they would and they can run out.”

Driving defensively could help prevent certain accidents, Martin added.

“People need to be defensive drivers and always anticipate other drivers to do the wrong thing, such as pull out in front of them or have mishaps such as sliding on the ice,” he said. “Drivers need to think of how to prepare for these incidents. A lot of people have tunnel vision while driving, but they need to be alert to what is going on around them.”