Avoiding Accidents in the Kansas City Area This Winter

Winter is quickly approaching the Kansas City metro. Within the last week we saw snow storms in western Kansas. These storms made travel very dangerous on I-70. Before a snow storm shows itself in the KC area we thought it would be important to provide information on traveling in wintery conditions.

A few things that you will want to have on your phone is the Missouri Department of Transportation (MODOT) road conditions app. This app is available for both iPhone and Android devices.  Currently, Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) does not have an app to get road condition information. In that case please refer to the Kansas Department of Transportation website for road conditions.

Before Snow or Ice Storms

A few things that you want to make sure of during the cold months is that your car is winterized. Make sure your vehicle has fresh antifreeze, your oil is able to withstand the rigorous cold weather, the battery in vehicle is in good working condition, and your exhaust working properly.

Inspect your vehicle

Before you take off inspecting your vehicle will insure that your automobile is in good shape for the drive ahead of you. Inspect your tires and tire pressure. Make sure your brakes are in good working condition and check your windshield wipers. If they need replaced don’t hesitate, get them taken care of.

Vehicle Emergency Kit

During a snow storm the Police, Fire and Ambulance services can get pretty busy. It is important to equip your car or truck with a few safety items.

  • First-aid kit

  • Small Shovel

  • Booster Cables

  • Flares or brightly colored cloth or flags

  • Tools

  • Nonperishable Food

  • Water

  • Medications

  • Blankets

  • Sand to use for traction under your wheels if you are stuck

Traveling during snow or ice

If travel is an absolute must during snow or ice storms please keep a few things in mind.

  • Postpone leaving – Wait for road crews to treat the roads and bridges

  • Give snowplows plenty of room and do not pass them

  • Do not pass other vehicles on or near bridges

  • Drive at a slower speed than normal

  • Wear your seat belt at all times

  • Keep plenty of fuel in your tank

  • If you don’t feel comfortable driving, pull over in a safe location

With winter weather getting ready to start in the Kansas City metro area, we know that car and truck accidents will be on the rise. If you have been injured due to someone else’s negligence please seek medical attention first. Then, call Castle Law Office to fight for you. Our firm is a Kansas City family owned practice that is here, right here, for you. Call us at 816-842-6200 or you can click here to email us.



Jason C. Amerine
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