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Winter Driving Tips – Before Your Trip

Below are some great winter driving tips from the Missouri Department of Transportation (MODOT). Consider these suggestions before taking a trip during inclement weather. Find more tips on our website, or visit MODOT’s website.

Check out road conditions before you go. MoDOT’s Traveler Information Map offers current views of road conditions and is available as an app for iPhones and Android phones.

Call MoDOT’s toll-free customer service center for current road condition information at 888-ASK-MODOT (888-275-6636). The Customer Service Center is staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Winterize your car with fresh antifreeze, a good battery, a properly operating exhaust system, and oil that will withstand the rigors of cold weather.

Do a thorough pre-trip inspection of your vehicle, paying special attention to your tires, brakes, windshield wipers, and windshield wiper fluid.

Equip Your Vehicle With:

  • A flashlight with extra batteries
  • Cell phone and charger
  • A first-aid kit
  • Necessary medications
  • Blankets and/or sleeping bags
  • Extra mittens or gloves, socks, a warm cap and rain gear
  • A small sack of sand to use for traction under your wheels
  • A small shovel
  • Booster cables
  • Small tools – pliers, wrench, screwdriver
  • A brightly colored cloth to use as a flag
  • Nonperishable foods
  • Bottled water