Drivers beware. With bitter cold temperatures settling in over a big chunk of the country, highway officials are warning people to stay off slick roads and, if they must go out, take extra care when getting behind the wheel.
Sgt. Mike Watson, of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, said drivers should prepare before leaving their homes.
Some of his tips:
— Make sure cellphones are charged, and bring a charger.
— Fill up the gas tank. Stash booster cables, blankets, flashlights and an ice scrapper in the car.
— Put a bag of sand or cat litter in the trunk, in case needed for traction if stuck in ice.