KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Winter weather driving can be hazardous if drivers are not prepared. Following a simple winter weather checklist can help keep you safe.
The National Safety Council recommends pulling out your winter gear not only for yourself but your vehicle, as well. They also suggest following a simple winter weather checklist.
Before you head out the door, monitor the weather and check traffic conditions.
To prepare your car for the cold, check your oil, battery and antifreeze levels. Make sure you have a full tank of gas.
If you happen to stall, there are certain things you should have ready like jumper cables, a shovel and a survival kit that includes a flashlight, a first aid kit, some water, a blanket and non-perishable food.
If you happen to see a stalled car on the side of the road, move over. Dominic Moore with Auto Tow emphasizes the importance of driving with caution.
“It’s very dangerous,” he said. “People are just stuck in their own everyday life, they’re trying to get from point A to point B, and they don’t realize if we’re out there on the side of the highway trying to pick a car up, just move over and slow down.”
Remember too, if you do have problems on the highways, Motorist Assist helps on both sides of the state line.
If you experience mechanical or other difficulties while traveling and you have a cellular phone, call *47 to reach the Kansas Highway Patrol Central Communications Center or call *KTA to reach the Kansas Turnpike Authority dispatchers.
Use *55 for the Missouri Highway Patrol who will contact Kansas City Scout or Motorist Assist to send help your way.