The city of St. Louis is experiencing what
USA Today is calling the worst ice storm in 10 years. Weather forecasters predict
the storm will drop freezing rain down upon the area this weekend causing
power outages, downed trees, and black ice roads. Hundreds of businesses
have reported they will be closing Friday evening so their associates
can get home safely.
While we at
Cantor Injury Law, LLC suggest staying home during the ice storm to prevent injury, we understand
doing so is not an option for everyone. If you must drive during the ice
storm, follow the below winter driving safety tips.
Pack an emergency winter kit: It never hurts to be too prepared, especially if you are driving in the
storm. Make sure to pack an emergency kit before you leave. This kit should
include the following items:
- Non-perishable snacks
- Extra jacket, gloves, and other warm clothes
- Ice scraper
- Jumper cables
- Tire Chains
Don’t follow too close: When the roads are icy, it can take two to three times as much length for
your car to come to a full stop. Make sure you don’t follow other
vehicles too closely.
Avoid suddenly braking: Braking is one of the most common ways drivers lose control of their vehicles
while driving in the snow. Antilock braking systems do not always work
well on icy roads.
Keep your tank at least half-full: If your tank is less than half full, you gas line could freeze. During
icy or snowy conditions, always make sure you’re driving with at
least half a tank. This way, if you are stuck in the storm, you can use
your car’s gas to heat the car while you wait for help to arrive.
We hope you and your family stay safe during this storm, but we understand
that accidents happen. If you were injured by a negligent driver during
the St. Louis ice storm,
contact our skilled St. Louis
personal injury attorney to schedule a