Southwest Missouri Road Conditions/Traveler Information Map
Equip Your Vehicle With:
- A flashlight with extra batteries
- A first-aid kit
- Necessary medications
- Blankets and/or sleeping bags
- Extra mittens or gloves, socks, a warm cap and rain gear
- A small sack of sand to use for traction under your wheels
- A small shovel
- Booster cables
- Small tools - pliers, wrench, screwdriver
- A brightly colored cloth to use as a flag
- Nonperishable foods
- Bottled water
|During the Trip
- Obey speed limits; don't speed.
- Use common sense, and adjust your speed and following distance to suit driving conditions .
- Give snowplows plenty of room, and don't pass them.
- Always wear your seat belt.
- Remember that driving is most dangerous when temperatures are near 32 degrees.
- Watch for other vehicles having problems with road conditions.
- Keep mirrors, windows and lights clean; keep your lights on.
- Don't pass other vehicles on or near bridges.
- Keep your fuel tank at least half full.
- If you don't feel comfortable driving, pull off of the highway and park at the first safe place.
|If You're Trapped in Your Car
- Stay in the vehicle. Don't leave to search for help. It's easy to become disoriented and lost in blowing and drifting snow.
- Display a trouble sign. Hang a brightly colored cloth on the antenna.
- Run the engine for about 10 minutes each hour. Run the heater and turn on the dome light only when the vehicle is running.
- Keep the exhaust pipe clear of snow, and open a window slightly for ventilation.
- Clap hands and move your arms and legs occasionally. Don't stay in one position for too long.
- If more than one person is in the car, take turns sleeping.
- Huddle together for warmth.
- Use newspapers, maps and even car mats for added insulation.
Additional information that may be useful for you during the winter travel season:
Who's First? MoDOT's Plowing Priorities
How does MoDOT decide whose road gets plowed first?
How to Keep Your Driveway Clear
There is a right way to shovel your driveway
Ice and Snow Promotional Materials
In Ice and Snow, Take it Slow
For more information, contact our Southwest District Office at 417.895.7600 or 1.888.275.6636 .
Last updated: Nov. 2011