Today, Missouri got its first taste of real winter weather winter weather, which has created hazardous driving conditions throughout the state. Our Perryville car accident lawyers understand that serious traffic accidents are more likely to happen in these dangerous driving conditions. With this in mind, we wanted to share some safety tips from the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) to help reduce the risks associated with driving during the cold months.
There are ways to get your vehicle ready for snowy and icy roadways before the weather even gets here. 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.
MoDOT is also ready to help preserve the condition of our roadways during the snowy and icy weather. The department has more than 3,000 employees and more than 1,500 pieces of snow-removal equipment ready to fight the snowy roads. The crews work out of 10 districts throughout the state, covering more than 30,000 miles of our highway system. These districts are also prepared to hire emergency equipment operators, if needed, to assist in clearing our roadways and creating safer driving conditions after a snow or ice storm.
Before planning a trip - especially when there's winter weather in the forecast - you're urged to check out road conditions through MoDOT's Traveler Information Report page. MoDOT also offers a Traveler's Information map, along with several webcam feeds that shown road conditions throughout the state. You can also contact MoDOT directly by calling 888-ASK-MODOT.
When possible, motorists are asked to avoid driving until the roads are plowed, safe and passable. If you absolutely must drive in dangerous conditions, there are some safety tips that can help you get to your destination safely.
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.
• Keep an eye out for disabled vehicles.