With another band of severe weather forecast to move through mid-Missouri, the Missouri Department of Transportation is reminding motorists to be on guard for flooded roads and downed trees and power lines.
Drivers can check MoDOT's Traveler Information Map, located at http://www.modot.org/, or call the department's toll free number, 1-888-ASK-MODOT, to get the latest information on road closings due to high water or debris or power lines covering state highways.
"We want to remind motorists that it's never safe to drive on a water-covered road," said Central District Engineer David Silvester. "Just a few inches of fast-moving water can carry a vehicle away."
In addition, Silvester said, roadbeds can wash out, leaving deep gaps. Drivers should also be on the alert for tree limbs and power lines brought down by heavy winds. MoDOT offers motorists the following driving tips that can help avoid delays and unsafe conditions during the rainy spring season:
• Slow down and use caution when driving in rain to avoid skidding and hydroplaning. Leave plenty of following distance.
• Never move or drive around barricades placed on roadways due to high water. Barricades are a warning designed to protect you from an unsafe condition. You can put yourself at serious risk if you proceed into a flooded section of road.
• If a road is closed, find another route.
• If a road is covered in flood water, but is not closed by a barricade, do NOT drive into the high water. Stop and turn around. Notify the police, sheriff or the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
• When windshield wipers are needed, turn on your headlights. It's the law.
• "Turn Around - Don't Drown" if highways become impassable.