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Driving on snowy or icy roads requires special attention to safety. Although it's impossible to have ideal road conditions 365 days a year, there are certain precautions you can take to make winter driving safer. Here are some tips and suggestions to help you get ready for the hazards of winter.

Before the Trip
  • Winterize your car with fresh antifreeze, a good battery, a properly operating exhaust system and oil that will withstand the rigors of cold weather.
  • If possible, avoid driving until the roads are cleared and treated. You don't want to slide off the road, and MoDOT doesn't want to plow around disabled vehicles.
  • Do a thorough pretrip inspection of your vehicle, paying special attention to your tires, brakes, windshield wipers and windshield wiper fluid.
  • Check your route. Dial 1-800-222-6400 for road conditions from the Missouri State Highway Patrol or visit the MoDOT Traveler Information Map website for statewide road conditions information.
  • Check the local news for weather and traffic reports. Before you leave home pack food, water, and blankets and make sure your cellphone batter is fully charged.
  • Let a family member or friend know where you are going, what route you are taking, your expected arrival time, and the description of the vehicle you are driving (remember C.Y.M.M.B.A.L.: color, year, make, model, body style, and license plate number). Also, make sure they know your cellular phone number. This information will be helpful to law enforcement if you become stranded or do not arrive at your destination. Finally, tell them when you arrive at your destination so they do not call law enforcement because they have not heard from you.

Download the Travel Plan form

Equip Your Vehicle With:
  • A cellular phone
  • A flashlight with extra batteries
  • A first aid kit with a pocket knife
  • 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
  • Matches and candles
During the Trip
  • Obey speed limits; don't speed.
  • Use common sense, and adjust your speed to  suit driving conditions.
  • Give snowplows plenty of room, and don't pass them.
  • Always wear your seat belt.
  • Remember that driving is most dangerous when temperatures are near or below freezing.
  • Watch for other vehicles having problems with road conditions.
  • Keep mirrors, windows and lights clean; keep your lights on.
  • Don't pass other vehicles on or near bridges.
  • Keep your fuel tank at least half full.
  • Watch electronic highway signs for information.
  • Listen to local radio stations for updated weather and traffic reports.
  • If you don't feel comfortable driving, park at the first safe place.
If You're Trapped in Your Car
  • Stay in the vehicle. Don't leave to search for help. It's easy to become disoriented and lost in blowing and drifting snow.
  • Display a trouble sign. Hang a brightly colored cloth on the antenna.
  • Turn on your emergency/hazard lights (flashers).
  • Call the local law enforcement agency.
  • Run the engine for about 10 minutes each hour. Only run the heater and turn on the dome light when the vehicle is running.
  • Keep the exhaust pipe clear of snow and open a window slightly for ventilation.
  • Clap hands and move your arms and legs occasionally. Don't stay in one position for too long.
  • If more than one person is in the car, take turns sleeping.
  • Huddle together for warmth.
  • Use newspapers, maps and even car mats for added insulation.

MoDOT Traveler Information Map

For 24-hour winter road conditions on major routes across the state, call the Missouri State Highway Patrol at 1-800-222-6400.

Call 1-888-ASK-MoDOT to receive reports during regular office hours.

Emergency: 9-1-1


Radio Stations Serving Audrain County
Call Letters Station Name Location Frequency
KWWR Country 96 Mexico, Missouri 95.7 FM
KXEO KXEO Mexico, Missouri 1340 AM
KJAB KJAB Mexico, Missouri 88.3 FM
KCMQ KCMQ Columbia, Missouri 96.7 FM
KTXY Y107 Columbia, Missouri 106.9 FM
KOQL Q106.1 Columbia, Missouri 106.1 FM
KCLR Clear 99 Columbia, Missouri 99.3 FM

Updated 2007-10-17

Winter Travel Tips compiled with contributions from MoDOT and WSDOT.

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