One of the leading causes of death and injuries during winter storms is traffic accidents. Clck on the image below to be taken to the Federal Highway Administration's website where you will find additional information.
Driving in winter weather takes extra skill, time and caution. Vehicle and road capabilities are greatly reduced and call for constant driving awareness and attention. Here are some winter driving recommendations from The American Red Cross and the National Weather Service that could save your life.
* WEAR YOUR SEATBELT AND SLOW DOWN!
* Have your car winterized before the winter storm season. Keeping your car in good condition will decrease your chance of being stranded in cold weather. Check, and repair as necessary, the battery, antifreeze, wipers and windshield washer fluid, lights, heater, defroster, and tires.
* If you have a cell phone or two-way radio available for your use, keep the battery charged and keep it with you whenever traveling in winter weather.
* Keep a windshield scraper and small broom in your car for ice and snow removal.
* Put together a disaster supplies kit for the trunk of each car used by members of your household. The kit should include blankets, extra clothing, non-perishable food and water, flashlight, first aid kit and a bright piece of cloth for outside notification and identification. Keep your car’s gas tank full for emergency use and to keep the fuel line from freezing.
* If you do become stranded, keep the tailpipe clear of snow and run your engine for about 10 minutes each hour for heat. Move your arms, legs, fingers and toes vigorously from time to time to keep blood circulating and for warmth. Remain in your vehicle, you may become disoriented in wind-driven snow.
* Plan long trips carefully. Listen to NOAA weather radio, local radio or TV or call the state transportation department for the latest road conditions. Plan to travel during daylight and, if possible, take at least one other person. Let someone know your destination, your route and when you expect to arrive. Be aware of sleet, freezing rain, freezing drizzle, and dense fog, which can make driving very hazardous.
Road Condition Information can be obtained at the following:
In Kansas : Dial 511 or 800-585-ROAD (7623)
KS Turnpike: 785-266-4135
KDOT Internet: www.kandrive.org
Iowa : 800-288-1047
Nebraska : 402-471-4533
Missouri : 800-222-6400
Colorado : 877-315-7623