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Officers Offer Driving Tips for Severe Weather

There's been multiple car accidents these past few days due to the heavy rain. With the wet roadways and fog ahead, extra precautions are important. St. Joseph traffic officers gave advice for drivers hitting the road.
(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.)  There have been several accidents over the past few days, suspected to be caused by the heavy rain in St. Joseph.

As severe weather in the area continues, it's important drivers take extra precaution, starting with driving slow.

"If it's 30 [MPH], maybe drive 25 [MPH] or something of that nature," said Richard McGregory.

That way, you can make a safe, emergency stop if needed.

Traffic officers also advise drivers to increase the distance between your car and the car in front of you.

"That's going to give you some extra time so you don't hydroplane and cause an accident," said Officer McGregory.

Officers say, one of the most important things to remember is don't text or talk on the phone behind the wheel.

"Cell phones is distracted driving. They take your attention away from the roadway, increasing your chances of an accident or a crash greatly," said Wayne Byrom.

Make sure you pay attention to other drivers on the road, as well.

"Be looking ahead of traffic to make sure you know that the light's turning red or yellow, so you know you're going to be stopping," said Officer McGregory.

There's two things drivers should always do: wear a seatbelt and use headlights.

Missouri has a law requiring drivers to have their headlights on during severe weather, or else you will be ticketed.

"General rule of of thumb is that if you have you use your windshield wipers, you should have your headlights on. That increases the visibility to other motorists traveling around, that way they can see you," said Officer Byrom.

Officers say, those rules are important, but the safest things to do is avoid driving in bad weather.

"It's one of those things as the weather gets bad, if you don't need to be out, don't be out," said Officer Byrom.

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