MoDOT offers winter driving tips

Posted December 13, 2013 at 3:38 pm

Northeast News
December 13, 2013

With Kansas City expected to receive a wintry mix today and tomorrow, drivers should use additional caution.

Even light precipitation can cause roads to become slick, and drivers should allow extra time for reaching their destination.

The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT)has provided several driving tips for traveling in inclement weather.

Here’s MoDOT’s list of tips:

- 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.

To check current road conditions, visit MoDOT”S Traveler Information Map at www.modot.org. Those with smartphones can also download MoDOT’s traveler information app by searching for MoDOT in the iPhone and Android app stores. Travelers can also check on road conditions by calling MoDOT’s customer service center at 888-ASK-MODOT (888-275-6636). Customer service representatives are available 24 hours a day.

If you’d like updates regarding road conditions of Kansas City streets, visit www.kcmo.org/snow for a GPS snow plow map and other snow-related updates. To receive text and email notifications from the city, sign up for the Nixle notification system at www.kcmo.org/nixle. Residents may also sign up by texting their zip code to “888777.”