|As the weather changes and we move into the winter season, MoDOT takes every opportunity to check its equipment, train employees and refresh our winter operations skills. When it snows in Missouri, MoDOT is ready.
Staying safe during winter weather isn’t just about work though. Now is the time to go through your personal checklist to make sure you and your family are ready for winter. Whether you are a seasoned snow fighter or this is your first year at the department, review these tips and be safe at home and
on your way to work.
At home, take time to winterize your residence. (Check out this list from repair and renovation expert Bob Vila.) Keep some ice melt on hand and put the snow shovel and supplies where it’s easy to access them. Take plenty of breaks if you shovel the sidewalk or driveway. If you’re not used to strenuous work, shoveling snow puts a lot of stress on the body in a short period of time.
|Having an emergency kit in the trunk of your vehicle can be life saving in case of a roadside emergency.
Prepare your vehicle for winter. Check your battery, lights, antifreeze, wipers, belts, and hoses. Put the ice scraper and other winter supplies in the car now so you don’t have to dig for them when you really need them. Don’t forget your tires: the condition of the tread can make a big difference when you’re driving on slick roads.
It’s our job to report to work in inclement weather, so pack an emergency kit in your personal vehicle just in case. The basics include blankets, bottle water and nonperishable food, a cell phone, dry clothing, a shovel, jumper cables, a flashlight and batteries.
If your car is covered in snow or frost, take the time to clear all the windows so you have maximum visibility. Don’t forget to clear snow off the lights, hood, and other surfaces of your vehicle so you’re visible to other motorists.
We share this message with motorists every winter, but it bears repeating: Ice and snow, take it slow – and know before you go! Encourage your family and friends to download MoDOT’s Traveler Information App so they have up-to-date road conditions at their fingertips. The map is also available at www.modot.org.