Missouri AAA urges drivers to stock vehicles ahead of cold temperatures

ST. LOUIS — With snow and dangerously cold weather forecast to descend on the St. Louis area Thursday, traveling safely on the roads this holiday season can be a matter of “timing.”

The Missouri State Highway Patrol and Missouri AAA are advising people to postpone their travel plans whenever possible.

Wind chills as low as -35 are possible on Friday 23rd December through Saturday 24th December.

“If you have the option to maybe move that up a few days to avoid the winter weather that could affect the roads, that might be an option for you, too,” said Cpl. Dallas Thompson of the Missouri Highway Patrol. “If you can’t do that, we understand. There are things that are just life. We have to get out on the streets. We have to move. We have to travel. Just be smart!”

State Troopers pack winter storm gear into their vehicles ahead of the cold weather.

“Extra uniforms, extra coats … we wear winter clothes because we know we may have extended exposure to the elements,” Thompson said.

In January 2019, drivers were snowed in and stranded on Interstates 44 and 64 in St. Louis County. Riders reported moving a half-mile or less in six hours.

Missouri AAA’s Nick Chabarria encouraged drivers to have a blanket, some drinking water, snacks and a phone charger in their vehicle. Keep the gas tank “full”.

“If you’re stuck behind a wreck and have to wait, you want to be able to stay warm, keep your vehicle running, and keep the heater on,” Chabarria said. “For example, if you are driving over a bridge on the freeway and something happens on that bridge, the bridge could be closed for hours until the vehicles are removed. It’s not just your ability to drive on ice or snow.”

Thompson recommended that people should be prepared for the unknown.

“There’s a chance you’ll slide into a ditch, your car will break down, you’ll have that flat tyre. Be prepared for things like that,” he said.

https://fox2now.com/news/missouri/missouri-aaa-urges-drivers-to-stock-up-vehicles-ahead-of-cold-temperatures/ Missouri AAA urges drivers to stock vehicles ahead of cold temperatures

Sarah Y. Kim

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