MSHP Urges Motorists To Be Aware Of Weather Forecast

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This weekend's forecast indicates the possibility of winter weather throughout the state. The winter advisory includes most of the state and indicates snow, sleet, or ice depending on where you live.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol encourages motorists to plan ahead and drive safely or not at all during inclement weather.

If you must travel, be sure to check weather forecasts often and adjust your driving style to ensure you arrive at your destination safe and sound.

If it is imperative that you drive in inclement weather, please remember:

*Make certain your vehicle is in good working condition.

*Keep your fuel tank at least half full.

*Place an ice scraper, tire chains, battery booster cables, blankets, flashlight, and a bag  of sand or kitty litter in your trunk.

*Clean snow and ice completely from your vehicle.

*Clear your driveway, so your vehicle enters the roadway safely.

*Allow extra driving time.

*Obey all traffic laws, adjusting your speed and braking for hazardous weather conditions. Apply gentle pressure to the accelerator or brakes. Never use your vehicle's cruise control in inclement weather.

*Carry a fully charged cell phone in case of emergencies. Please do not use your cell phone when you are driving; park your vehicle before placing a call.

*Stay alert. Be aware of other drivers, and if you need to call for assistance, be ready to give your location.

*Be a courteous driver.

Remember: Missouri law states if you’re using your windshield wipers, your headlights must be turned on. It takes only a second to turn on your vehicle’s headlights. That second could make you more visible to other drivers and prevent a traffic crash.

Emergencies cannot be predicted, but planning ahead can help you if one should arise. Missouri’s Road Condition Report (1-888-275-6636) can help you plan your route--before you leave.

You may also view MoDOT’s Road Condition Map by going to the Patrol’s web site and clicking on the Road Condition icon.

When roads become slick from ice and snow the Patrol encourages motorists to refrain from driving unless absolutely necessary.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol emergency number is 1-800-525-5555 (or *55 on a cellular phone). These numbers ring at the nearest troop headquarters.

Of course, no matter how safely you drive, you can’t control other drivers. Thus, the Patrol encourages motorists to protect themselves from all types of hazardous drivers by making sure everyone in the vehicle is properly restrained in a seat belt or child restraint. Click It 4 Life!