Preparation Helps Drivers Cope With Adverse Weather
Feb. 7, 2003
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information, contact:
Rosalie Thornburgh or Pati Pomeroy
KDOT Bureau of Traffic Safety: (785) 296-3756
In Kansas, it is said that the only thing predictable about the weather is
One way for Kansas drivers to cope is to be prepared and to use common sense
when inclement weather strikes. The Bureau of Traffic Safety of the Kansas Department
of Transportation offers tips for driving in adverse weather conditions:
• Make sure tires and brakes are in good working condition, that the
radiator reservoir is full, and that front and rear defrosters are working.
Replace windshield wiper blades periodically, and always carry an ice scraper
in the winter.
• Routinely carry items like flares, a flashlight, ice scraper, candles,
blankets, a first aid kit and spare water in your car. Other useful items include
jumper cables, a tow rope or chain, a basic tool kit and a shovel. If possible,
motorists also should carry a cell phone to use in the event of a weather-related
• Proceed cautiously during rain and snow. The road can be slippery,
especially when precipitation mixes with oil, grease or dirt. Avoid slamming
on brakes in wet or snowy conditions.
• During a heavy rainstorm, don’t drive into running water as it
could be deeper than it looks, and the roadway surface underneath could be damaged.
Obey barricades and warnings. If your vehicle stalls in water, leave it and
seek shelter on higher ground.
• In fog, use low-beam lights, slow down and don’t follow other
cars too closely. If fog becomes so bad that driving is unsafe, pull your vehicle
far enough off the roadway to ensure another motorist doesn’t collide
with it. Use emergency flashers.
• Refrain from using cruise control on highways during wet and snowy
• Always wear seat belts.
Before traveling in any inclement weather, KDOT recommends checking the road
conditions by calling 1-800-585-ROAD or checking the web site at www.kanroad.org.
To report any emergency call 911 locally, *47 on your cell phone to reach the
Kansas Highway Patrol or *KTA for emergencies on the Kansas Turnpike.
For more information about safe driving practices contact the KDOT Bureau of
Traffic Safety at (785) 296-3756. Information can be obtained on the Internet
by clicking on the green SAFETY button on the KDOT website, at www.ksdot.org.
Samples of safe weather messages can be found on the Public Service Announcements
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