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Experts Offer Seasonal Travel Safety Tips

If you end up stranded, troopers say stay in your car if possible to avoid additional problems. And keep a cold weather kit on hand.
(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) State troopers are offering advice to drivers during this snowy cold snap.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol advises drivers to stay in your car if possible if you break down or slide off the highway.

Troopers say it's safest to call 911 or *55 for assistance.

And, if you see an accident, don't stop to gawk or take pictures.

"When the weather is poor and we have a snow storm in place, driving is dangerous. We need to make sure our full attention is on the task at hand of driving and not taking pictures of a vehicle that has slid off the roadway or doing any other activity other than concentrating on driving at an appropriate speed," said Sgt. Sheldon Lyon, Mo. Highway Patrol.

Troopers add that seat belts are should be worn at all times. Also, be sure to keep a safe distance between your car and the one in front of you.

If you listen to all the seasonal driving advice and still end up stranded, that's when cold weather kits come in handy.

The St. Joseph Safety Council recommends keeping an emergency kit in your car at all times. Stash away items like gloves, an ice scraper and a spare phone charger.

You should also add other necessities to the kit just in case your end up stuck in traffic or on the side of the road.

"You should have a couple of blankets with you, some water just in case your there for a while even some protein bars or just some really light snacks," said Sue Lober, St. Joseph Safety Council.

Lober says the best thing you can do is stay at home and avoid driving in the wintry conditions unless you absolutely have to travel.
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