Thursday, November 13, 2014

Prepare Now for Winter Driving Conditions

With the forecast calling for some possible snow accumulation this weekend, it's a good time to make sure we've prepared ourselves for any challenging conditions.

Here are a few tips to keep you safe on the roadways this winter:

1. Be sure all occupants are "buckled up."
2. Decrease your speed and leave yourself plenty of room to stop.
3. Brake gently to avoid skidding.
4. Turn on your lights to increase your visibility.
5. Use low gears to maintain traction, especially on hills.
6. Don't use cruise control or overdrive on icy roads.
7. Take extra caution on bridges and overpasses. They freeze quickly.
8. Don't pass snowplows and sand trucks.
9. Keep your windshield clean.
10. Don't assume your vehicle can handle all conditions. Four-wheel drive is of little benefit on icy roads.

The following things should be done each year before the winter season arrives:

1. Create a plan for what your family will do in case of a significant storm.
2. Get your car fully checked and winterized.
3. Have supplies available in case you are stranded for a period of time in your home or at work.

You can find more information about preparing for emergencies and the coming winter weather at:
http://www.preparemetrokc.org.

For a complete list of items for a home or car emergency kit, go to 
www.ksready.gov . Additional information on preparing for winter weather is available from FEMA atwww.fema.gov, the American Red Cross at www.redcross.org, or your county emergency management office.

Winter road conditions are accessible by dialing 5-1-1 from your mobile phone or by going to the Kansas Department of Transportation web site at 
http://511.ksdot.org/