Over the past couple of weeks, Missouri had its first real taste of winter
weather this season, which created hazardous driving conditions throughout
the state - and the forecast is calling for
more snow and ice statewide this weekend. Because serious traffic accidents are more likely to happen in these
dangerous driving conditions, safety officials at the Missouri Department
of Transportation (MoDOT) are urging motorists to check travel conditions
before hitting the road - you can do so by
checking out MoDOT's Traveler Info Map, by
downloading their app, or by calling 1-888-ASK-MODOT. Of course, if possible, it's best
to avoid travel altogether during winter weather. If you have to drive
in wintry conditions, however, our Cape Girardeau
car accident lawyers encourage you to take precautions.
An important first step is to ready your vehicle for snowy and icy roadways
before the weather even arrives. Make sure your car has a good battery,
fresh antifreeze, a properly working exhaust system and motor oil that
can stand up to the cold weather. Officials also recommend that you check
your tires to make sure that they're in good condition, that you have
enough windshield wiper fluid, and that your windshield wipers are in
good condition. With the proper safety precautions, we'll all have
a better chance of avoiding car accidents that occur due to weather conditions.
Again, it's best to avoid driving until the roads are plowed, safe
and passable. If you absolutely must drive in dangerous conditions, here
are a few reminders that can help you get to your destination safely:
Best practices: Winter driving tips
- Obey all speed limits. They're there to keep motorists safe.
- Use common sense behind the wheel. Adjust your driving habits to current
road and weather conditions.
- Never pass a snowplow, and allow these vehicles plenty of room to operate safely.
- Always wear your seat belt.
- Be extra careful when driving when the temperature is near 32 degrees.
That's when it's the most dangerous to be out on the road, especially
on bridges and overpasses, which are the first to freeze.
- Keep an eye out for disabled vehicles.
- Be sure to keep your lights, windows and mirrors clean during winter conditions.
- Never attempt to pass another vehicle when you're on or near a bridge.
- Always keep your gas tank at least half full.
- Always drive with your lights on.
- If you're uncomfortable driving in the weather conditions, pull over,
park in a safe place, and wait for weather and roadway conditions to improve.
- Leave early and allow yourself extra time to get to your destination. Remember,
it's better to arrive late - and safe - than not at all.