It is officially winter! A winter storm is projected to take place this week through the Ozarks. The Missouri Department of Transportation is warning drivers to be alert of the unknown road conditions during this winter storm.
Below are a few recommendations for preparation of the winter storm and tips on how to be cautious this winter.
- Check the road conditions via the National Weather Service.
- Make sure you have a full tank of gas.
- Check your vehicles tires tread and pressure.
- Test your vehicles fluids, brakes, battery, and wiper blades to make sure everything is working properly.
- Keep blankets, gloves, hats, and extra warm clothing in your car.
- Prep water and non-perishable snacks in your car in case of an emergency.
- Try to make sure your phone is mostly charged and keep a phone charger in your vehicle for backup.
Photo Credit – US National Weather Service Springfield Missouri
Following these winter weather recommendations/tips before traveling does not ensure your safety, but executing these tips will definitely increase your odds of staying safe, being prepared, and aid in uncertainty this winter.
“If you encounter a snowplow or salt trucks on the road, always give them room to work. Do not tailgate or try to pass. Snowplow operators are reacting to the road ahead of them with a very limited field of vision. You may see them, but they may not see you.
Missouri road conditions are available 24/7 on the Traveler Information Map at www.modot.org, or through MoDOT’s smartphone app, available for iPhone and Android phones. You can also find road conditions and warnings by following MoDOT on Facebook and Twitter or by calling 888-ASK-MODOT (888-275-6636) to speak with a customer service representative.”
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