MENU

      Winter driving tips from MoDOT

      Driving on snowy roads requires special attention to safety.


      The snow may have stopped falling, but dangerous driving conditions persist in the Tri-States.


      There are certain precautions you can take to make winter driving safer.



      Missouri Department of Transportation tells KTVO's Justin Andrews you should winterize car and always have fresh antifreeze, a good battery, and oil to withstand the rigors of these snowy conditions. MoDOT recommends you follow these winter driving tips.



      Before the Trip:


      - Winterize your car with fresh antifreeze, a good battery, a properly operating exhaust system and oil that will withstand the rigors of cold weather.


      - If possible, avoid driving until the roads are safe and passable. You don't want to slide off the road, and we don't want to plow around disabled vehicles.


      - Do a thorough pre-trip inspection of your vehicle, paying special attention to your tires, brakes, windshield wipers and windshield wiper fluid.



      Equip your vehicle with:


      - A flashlight with extra batteries


      - A first-aid kit


      - Necessary medications


      - Blankets and/or sleeping bags


      - Extra mittens or gloves, socks, a warm cap and rain gear


      - A small sack of sand to use for traction under your wheels


      - A small shovel


      - Booster cables


      - Small tools - pliers, wrench, screwdriver


      - A brightly colored cloth to use as a flag


      - Nonperishable foods


      - Bottled water



      During the Trip:


      - Obey speed limits; don't speed.


      - Use common sense, and adjust your speed and following distance to suit driving conditions .


      - Give snowplows plenty of room, and don't pass them.


      - Always wear your seat belt.


      - Remember that driving is most dangerous when temperatures are near 32 degrees.


      - Watch for other vehicles having problems with road conditions.


      - Keep mirrors, windows and lights clean; keep your lights on.


      - Don't pass other vehicles on or near bridges.


      - Keep your fuel tank at least half full.


      - If you don't feel comfortable driving, pull off of the highway and park at the first safe place.



      If You're Trapped in Your Car:


      - Stay in the vehicle. Don't leave to search for help. It's easy to become disoriented and lost in blowing and drifting snow.


      - Display a trouble sign. Hang a brightly colored cloth on the antenna.


      - Run the engine for about 10 minutes each hour. Run the heater and turn on the dome light only when the vehicle is running.


      - Keep the exhaust pipe clear of snow, and open a window slightly for ventilation.


      - Clap hands and move your arms and legs occasionally. Don't stay in one position for too long.


      - If more than one person is in the car, take turns sleeping.


      - Huddle together for warmth.


      - Use newspapers, maps and even car mats for added insulation.

      component-story-more_media_horiz-v1-01
      FOLLOW US ON TWITTER