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Officials remind residents of safe practices, ahead of potential severe storms Sunday

COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ)

Officials from departments such as MODOT, are reminding drivers on how to stay prepared for driving severe weather, as mid-Missouri is expected to see significant storms.

In the storms, wind and hail are expected to be the biggest threats expected, as the chance of heavy rain and tornadoes also exists.

The department advised keeping an emergency kit inside a car at all times, with items such as jumper cables, rain gear, water and flashlights among other items. In addition, completing a pre-trip inspection of a car can also avoid issues on the road in severe weather.

Drivers should ensure their cars don't have low brakes, bad windshield wipers or a flat tire.

At least a half tank of gas is also recommended, as well as ensuring a cars battery is working properly.

Once on the road, MODOT said drivers should slow down and use caution when driving in the rain in order to avoid skidding and hydroplaning.

The department advises leaving plenty of following distance between cars while driving and added when windshield wipers are on, lights should be as well.

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