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Winter Conditions Require More Cautious Driving

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, two people were killed in a crash on an icy Missouri highway when one driver lost control of his vehicle and slid into the path of the second victim’s vehicle.  The accident happened on the morning of December 29, 2015.  As drivers in Missouri and Illinois know, winter conditions require more cautious driving.  Personal injury lawyers in the St. Louis area see far too many accidents each year that could have been avoided with just a few small precautions.

The Missouri Department of Transportation has several recommendations for people travelling in the area when the weather conditions are less than ideal.  For example, they recommend checking road conditions, either with MoDOT’s website or their toll-free number (888-275-6636), prior to going out.  They also have the following suggestions for staying safe on Missouri and Illinois roadways this winter:

  • Conduct a pre-trip inspection of your car, looking closely at the tires, brakes, wiper blades, and wiper fluid levels.
  • Equip your vehicle with items such as a first-aid kit; blankets; non-perishable food and bottled water; a shovel; and sand to use as traction under wheels.
  • Try to avoid travel until roads have been cleared, if at all possible.
  • Watch closely for other drivers who may be struggling with road conditions.  Be sure to give all other drivers extra space.
  • Keep mirrors, windows, and lights clean, and make sure your lights are on.

Smart drivers will avoid using cruise control on any slick surface (ice, snow, sand).  According to the experts, when driving in snow, you should accelerate and decelerate slowly; applying gas gradually is the best way to regain traction and avoid skids.  Keep these tips in mind while travelling through the St. Louis area this winter may help you to avoid collisions that can result in serious injury or death.

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