Last winter in Joplin was foot-numbing, face-freezing, finger-cracking
cold and this year’s blast of icy weather is likely to be no better.
Fortunately, we can prepare for what is ahead.
AAA has a number of winter driving tips that can help motorists avoid
motor vehicle accidents that cause injuries.
winter driving advice includes the following:
- Before driving long distances across Missouri, check weather reports online
or on TV to find out if severe weather is expected. If you must make a
drive regardless of a storm, let others know when you are leaving, where
you are going and when you expect to arrive.
- Take your cellphone with you (but don’t use it while driving) to
call a towing service, law enforcement agency or others if your vehicle
gets stuck in severe winter weather. AAA adds that you should bring with
you blankets, hats, gloves, food and water – and any medication
you might be required to take – on those long, winter trips.
- If you do become snow-bound, AAA advises you to stay in your car. It provides
shelter from wind and snow and it can help searchers to find you.
- You can help prevent your vehicle’s gasoline lines from freezing
by maintaining at least a half of a tank of gas at all times.
- Of course, it’s also wise to slow down and proceed cautiously in
Unfortunately, though you might take steps to reduce your travel risks,
many others do not. If you are injured in a car accident, discuss the
details with an experienced Joplin personal injury attorney.