Ready for a snownami? Be prepared for driving

Snow advisoryAs we already reported, the Missouri Department of Transportation is urging businesses to let their employees work from home tomorrow.

But if you have to go somewhere, Kansas City police officer James Schriever is offering some tips for making sure you are prepared for the weather.

Make sure your cell phone is charged before driving, and you better have some room in your trunk for that emergency equipment.

Windows must be cleaned of all snow and ice. So called “peephole” driving is dangerous and can get you a ticket.

Your car should be prepared for winter, with proper antifreeze levels, tire inflation and so forth.

Then make sure you have the following equipment:

  • Properly inflated spare tire
  • Shovel
  • Jumper cables
  • Tow and tire chains
  • Bag of salt or cat litter
  • Tool kit

Those are, of course, in addition to a survival supply kit that should always be in your car. Critical supplies include:

  • Working flashlight with extra batteries
  • Reflective triangles and brightly colored cloth
  • Compass
  • First aid kit
  • Windshield cleaner
  • Ice scraper and snow brush
  • Wooden stick matches in a waterproof container
  • Scissors and string/cord
  • High energy foods like unsalted canned nuts, dried fruits, and hard candy

And if you’re driving long distances under snowy and icy conditions, don’t forget heavy woolen mittens, warm socks, a cap and blankets.

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