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Driving checklist prepares travelers for icy conditions

Road closure on Silvey Street.
After a New Year's Day ice storm in Mid-Missouri caused road conditions to deteriorate in the area, impacts are still being seen days later.

COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ)

MODOT released winter travel guidance, advising Missourians on how to stay safe both before and during your trip.

After a New Year's Day ice storm in mid-Missouri caused road conditions to deteriorate in the area, impacts are still being seen days later.

Many roads in Columbia, including I-70 and Highway 63 have yet to be deemed 'all clear' according to the MODOT Traveler's Map.

Before you leave, the department suggests checking the traveler's map to ensure there aren't any delays or closures on roads in your area.

It's also recommended that you perform a pre-trip inspection of your vehicle paying special attention to tires, brakes and windshield wipers.

During the trip, slow down and adjust your speed to current road conditions. Remain on the lookout for snowplows and give the trucks plenty of room.

The department said that the most dangerous driving conditions are when temperatures are right around 32 degrees.

If you become trapped in your vehicle, MODOT said to remain in the vehicle as opposed to leaving and searching for help.

There are also items you can have in your car to be prepared for if it breaks down or you become trapped.

A first aid kit, blankets, sand, a shovel, jumper cables and water are among the recommended items to keep in your car.

Boone / Columbia / Ice / Lifestyle / News / Top Stories / Transportation / Travel / Winter Weather
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Ben Fein

Ben Fein is a multimedia journalist for ABC 17 News. You can usually see his reports on weekend mornings or weekdays at 5, 6 and 6:30 p.m. on KMIZ.

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