If you have to be out, here’s some tips for driving when roads are icy

SNELLVILLE, GA - JANUARY 29: Ice completely covers the road on January 29, 2014 in Snellville, Georgia. Thousands of motorists were stranded, many overnight, as a winter storm dropped three inches of snow, and ice made driving hazardous. (Photo by Moses Robinson/Getty Images)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — On days when roads are expected to freeze rapidly, it’s always a good idea to just stay inside, but if you  absolutely have to leave the house, the National Weather Service issued some suggestions for driving in these conditions.

First up, they suggest that drivers clear ice and snow off all windows. Drivers must be able to see completely to drive safely.

Next, they suggest that drivers leave an eight-to-ten second driving distance between their vehicle and the vehicle in front of them. This is true everyday but especially on mornings when roads are extra slick.

Also, drivers should accelerate and brake gently. If a driver stops suddenly while driving more than 25 miles per hour, they could lose control of their vehicle.

Drivers may want to consider steering around something if they’re going more than 25 miles per hour. Braking too fast may cause wheels to spin on ice, which could cause skidding.

If a driver loses traction, they should take their foot off the gas. Then steer their car in the direction they want it to go.

The National Weather Service also suggests that drivers keep a survival kit in their vehicle if they’ll be out in dangerous conditions.

They suggest including the following items:

  • An ice scraper and shovel
  • Jumper cables
  • Flashlights
  • Sand or kitty litter for traction
  • Extra blankets or clothing
  • Non-perishable food
  • A first aid kit
  • Matches and candles or flares
  • Tow rope or chain
Road Information From Across the Region:

Missouri:   Missouri Department of Transportation   (1-888 ASK MODOT)
Kansas:    Kansas Department of Transportation  (1-866-511-KDOT)
Iowa:        Iowa Department of Transportation  (1-800-288-1047)
Nebraska: Nebraska Department of Transportation   (1-800-906-9069)