Missouri Patrol warns to drive with caution and plan ahead

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    With the first snowfall of the season upon us, the Missouri State Highway Patrol is urging drivers to pay attention to the weather and plan ahead.

    If you do need to travel in inclement weather, the Patrol suggests keeping your fuel tank at least half full and make sure your vehicle’s windows are completely cleared to ensure visibility while driving.

    Having an ice scraper, tire chains, battery booster cables, blankets, extra coats, gloves, water, non-perishable food, flashlight and a bag of sand or cat litter in your trunk can help in an emergency.

    Make sure your cell phone is fully charged and ready to use, but do not use it while driving.

    Allow extra driving time to reach your destination at a slow, safe speed. Remember, Missouri law states if you’re using your windshield wipers, your headlights must be turned on.

    If you are involved in a crash or slide off the roadway, contact law enforcement by cell phone and stay inside your vehicle with your seat belt on. If there are no injuries in the crash, the vehicles should be moved off the roadway to a safer location while waiting for law enforcement to arrive.

    The Missouri State Highway Patrol emergency number is 1-800-525-5555 (or *55 on a cellular phone).

    Remember to buckle up, pay attention, be courteous, and obey all traffic laws.

    For a list of road condition links, click here.

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