Many Kansans will hit the road this weekend, even though the weather could get bad.
Highway patrol officers will be out, and they are ready to help motorists. And they say you should be ready for bad weather.
“Probably number one is going to be driving too fast for the conditions,” said Trooper Chad Crittenden with Kansas Highway Patrol. “You know the speed limit out here is 70 miles an hour but on inclement weather days… it could be 40.”
Crittenden says driving safe is a first step. But, if you do find yourself in the ditch you should remember you aren’t the only one on the road.
“The biggest thing we recommend is if you ever have to get out of your car, you always have to be watching traffic,” said Crittenden. “Because if you ended up in the ditch and you slid off or something, there’s a high probability that someone behind you could do the same thing and they could end up right where you are.”
Crittenden says a full tank of gas is essential in bad weather. Keep the cell phone with you and keep it charged. And even if you’re not driving far, let someone know where you will be.
“A quick text, phone call whatever it may be,” said Crittenden. “That way if you don’t show up, at least that way they know which route you took to start backtracking to tell law enforcement.”