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Red Cross Offers Winter Driving Tips Ahead of Huge Winter Storm

The American Red Cross and the Missouri Department of Transportation are working on preparing people as winter storms quickly approach.

If you have to be out on the roads Thursday night and need to check road conditions, we have you covered.

In Missouri, you can call 888-275-6636 for the latest from MoDOT. The number for road conditions in Illinois is 800-452-4368 and in Kentucky, the number to check on roads is 866-737-3767.

The Red Cross recommends that people and families prepare for winter storms by:

Assembling an Emergency Preparedness Kit

Pack a winter-specific supply kit that includes a warm coat, hat, mittens or gloves, and water-resistant boots, along with extra blankets and extra warm clothing. Make sure you have a first aid kit and essential medications, canned food and can opener, bottled water, flashlights and a battery-powered radio with extra batteries in your home in the event of a power outage.

Heeding Storm Warnings

A winter storm watch means winter storm conditions are possible within the next 36 to 48 hours. People in a watch area should review their winter storm plans and stay informed about weather conditions via local radio or television stations. A winter storm warning means that life-threatening, severe winter conditions have begun or will begin within 24 hours. Individuals in a warning area should take precautions immediately.

Preparing Your Home and Car

Winterize your vehicle and keep the gas tank full, which will help to keep the fuel line from freezing. Make sure your home is properly insulated by installing storm windows or covering windows with plastic from the inside to help keep cold air out. Maintain heating equipment and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected every year. Running water, even at a trickle, helps to prevent pipes from freezing.

Remember the following tips when driving in bad weather:

  • Slow down.
  • Steer and brake gently.
  • Accelerate slowly at intersections.
  • Allow extra space between your vehicle and the one ahead of you.
  • Stay back 100 feet from snow plows that may be spreading salt.
  • Avoid passing snow plows, even when on a multi-lane road.
  • Be aware that bridges and overpasses generally experience freezing conditions first.

The Illinois State Police is urging drivers to take the necessary safety precautions before getting behind the wheel since vehicle safety is equally as important as driving safely. Extreme weather can have a devastating impact on driving conditions, especially when ice and snow are involved. Freezing rain, icy roads and white-out snow conditions can result in road hazardous for drivers of all ages. Illinois State Police officials urge motorists to drive with caution, and to allow extra travel time to get to and from destinations. When crashes occur during extreme weather conditions, the ISP encourages motorists to exchange insurance and driver information to keep motorists safe and the roads clear, unless medical attention is required. Motorists can file crash reports at the nearest ISP District within 10 days.

With the freezing rain forecast the possibility for a power outage exists. They are hoping this weather event doesn't end up being like the 2009 Ice Storm. They are asking that you make any preparations ahead of time that you can for food, water and shelter in case this situation worsens.

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