MoDot provides tips for winter driving
Thursday, 08 February 2018
Special to GUIDON

Missouri weather can be unpredictable, especially when it comes to winter weather. The Missouri Department of Transportation is reminding motorists to be cautious when faced with winter driving conditions.

“Slow down and give yourself plenty of braking distance,” said Becky Allmeroth, MoDOT state maintenance engineer. “Give our plows room to work and give yourself room to stop.”

Allmeroth also asked motorists to stay informed of continuously changing road conditions.

“MoDOT crews work through the night,” Allmeroth said. “But drivers need to check their local forecasts and the Traveler Information Map before heading (out) in winter weather.”

Motorists should keep in mind that bridges and overpasses generally experience freezing conditions first. MoDOT encourages drivers to remember the following tips when driving in inclement weather:

—   Slow down.

—   Steer and brake gently.

— Accelerate slowly at  intersections.

— Allow plenty of space between your vehicle and the vehicle ahead of you.

— Stay 100 feet behind snow plows that may be spreading salt. Do not pass snow plows even when on a multi-lane road.

MoDOT offers a variety of tools to help drivers get where they are going safely. The department’s Traveler Information Map, located at, offers the latest road conditions, as well as current traffic flow and traffic cameras that provide a view of traffic on the interstates.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 21 February 2018 )