“Many times when we see crashes associated with winter weather, it's because folks were driving too fast for the conditions at hand,” said MoDOT Central District Maintenance Engineer Jason Shafer.

More freezing rain could hit mid-Missouri starting this evening and lasting through early morning and once again Missouri Department of Transportation officials are asking drivers to take it slow and drive with caution.

“Many times when we see crashes associated with winter weather, it’s because folks were driving too fast for the conditions at hand,” said MoDOT Central District Maintenance Engineer Jason Shafer. “We can’t stress enough how important it is to slow down and allow extra time if you have to travel. Ice is especially tricky and can cause hazardous conditions, so please use extra caution if you go out tonight.”

Shafer reminded drivers to be sure to check the department’s Traveler Information Map at www.modot.org if they must travel. 

The map shows whether roads are clear, mostly clear, partly covered or covered. In addition, the map displays real-time traffic flow and provides views of  traffic cameras that show real-time interstate travel at various locations. Visitors to the map can also take a look at the messages displayed on the electronic message boards located on the Interstate 70 and 44 corridors.

MoDOT also offers a toll-free customer service line that is answered 24-hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. A customer service representative can be reached by calling 1-888-ASK-MoDOT (275-6636).

“We’re all getting weary of the winter weather we’ve been experiencing for several weeks in a row now, but that’s no reason to let our guard down,” Shafer said. “It’s important for anyone traveling to be alert and extra careful.”

That means leaving room to brake, Shafer said. It takes longer to stop when driving in snow and ice, so you should leave a safe distance of eight to 10 seconds between your vehicle and the one in front of you.

For other winter driving tips, visit www.modot.org.