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      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.