JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — As winter weather approaches, more Missouri drivers should be on the lookout for severe conditions.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol spoke with KMZU about road safety during winter weather and how to make sure vehicles are roadworthy during the snowy season.
Click below to listen to KMZU’s Mike Stone speak with Sgt. Brent Bernhardt, Troop B Public Information and Education officer with the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
Sgt Bernhardt told KMZU that drivers should make sure they carry tools in their vehicle, such as a snow shovel, as well as materials to keep warm.
The Highway Patrol also urges drivers to be mentally prepared by being aware of winter weather, maintaining proper speed and assuring roads are safe before traveling, especially when snow and ice are involved. The highway patrol also urges drivers to focus on operating vehicles safely, and ensure everyone in a vehicle is properly restrained with seat-belts.
Drivers are also urged to keep abrasive material for tires to grab onto in icy situations, this includes materials such as sand or kitty litter. The highway patrol also urges drivers to use extra time and extra caution while traveling, noting specifically that braking distance will increase during icy winter weather, and drivers may be subject to slick conditions near low bridges and bridge floors.