Snowy Roads in St. Louis, Missouri Common to 49 Other States
Posted on January 13th, 2011 by Zane Cagle
Snow on the ground in 49 of the United States was reported today by the National Weather Service. Excluding Florida, all states including Hawaii had snow on the ground. Events such as this are not numerous and it seems there is not place citizens of the US can go within the continental US to avoid the snow except to Florida. However, temperatures in Florida have not exactly been balmy. While Key West is usually the most frost free, the entire country has been blanketed with snow and colder temperatures. So what does Missouri State Highway Patrol recommend if you are thinking about driving in snowy weather?
- Plan ahead. Plan extra time for your trip including time to completely remove all ice and snow from your automobile. Allowing extra time will help you reach your destination in a slow, safe speed.
- Use your headlamps to increase your visibility. By law, lighted lamps are required “from a half-hour after sunset to a half-hour before sunrise and at any other time when there is not sufficient light to render clearly discernible persons and vehicles on the highway at a distance of 500 feet ahead”
- Winterize your vehicle. Have a mechanic check the battery, header, defroster, lights, hoses, belts, brakes,oil, tires, wipers and fluid levels. Carry an ice scraper, tire chances, batter booster cables, blankets, flashlight and a bag of sand to place in your trunk.
- Call Missouri road Condition Report phone number (1-800-222-6400 for an automated listing of road conditions or click on the “road condition” icon on the Missouri Highway Patrol website www.mshp.dps.mo.gov
- Adjust speed so that you may “exercise the highest degree of care” per the law which requires everyone to drive at a safe rate of speed. Inclement weather requires you to reduce your rate of speed and following distance as you drive over snow-covered roads
- Wear your seat belt as a driver and insist all passengers wear them as well.
Being a safe and courteous driver is essential year round, however, it is crucial in winter weather conditions. Auto accidents and tractor trailer crashes can be compounded and happen more frequently when roads are snow or ice covered. If an accident does occur, seek immediate medical treatment then call a personal injury attorney. St. Louis personal injury attorneys can assist you and your family in recovering medical costs, lost wages and in some cases damages due to wrongful death. Call Zane T. Cagle of The Cagle Law Firm to schedule your free consultation today 1(314) 276-1681.