KDOT reminding drivers to use caution on slick roads

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

Slick spots can spell disaster for drivers, causing multiple accidents as it did across the Wichita metro area Monday morning.

"There were three at just this intersection alone, one on Kellogg, two out east. Some citizens are going to substations, making police reports,” Wichita Police Lt. James Espinoza said.

With a potential for more winter weather, KDOT is reminding drivers to use caution when there is chance of snow and ice.

"We'll ask people to help out by paying attention to your driving a little bit more than you might usually. Slow down. Keep more distance between you and other vehicles than you normally might,” Deb Gruver, KDOT Public Affairs Manger for South Central Kansas, said.

Other tips include turning off your cruise control, making sure your tires are properly inflated and keeping your gas tank half full to keep your gas line from freezing.

You should also put a winter weather emergency kit in your car.

"That should include flashlight, batteries, jumper cables, first aid kit, sand, a snow shovel, non-perishable food, water, blankets.” Gruver said.

But most importantly, drivers are reminded to slow down, especially on bridges and overpasses that freeze faster than roads.

"Slow down. Take your time. Typically what happens is people get in a hurry,” Espinoza said.

Wichita Public Works said they will continue to monitor conditions and pretreat the roads, especially bridges and overpasses.

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