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TxDOT Safety Tips For Icy Weather

Provided By, Texas Department of Transportation

As the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) advises that if you must get out on the roadways, drivers should allow a safe traveling distance between their vehicles and the mobile convoys distributing the treatment materials. TxDOT reports that crews have readied equipment and materials to treat roadways as warranted. Coordination efforts with local municipalities and law enforcement are also underway. TxDOT works closely with the National Weather Service to have the best available information preparing for a winter weather storm.

TxDOT personnel are monitoring forecasts and weather conditions and will respond as needed to ensure roadways remain open and safe for travel when possible. Road closures and other conditions are posted and updated as necessary at DriveTexas.org. Get statewide road conditions by calling (800) 452-9292.

TxDOT has provided safe driving tips should wintry conditions set in:

  • Be extra cautious on bridges, overpasses, ramps, turns and shaded areas that usually freeze first.
  • Reduce speed and allow extra time to reach destinations.
  • Increase the following distance between you and other vehicles.
  • If you start to slide, ease off the gas pedal or brakes and steer into the direction of skid.
  • Stay back at least 200 feet from vehicles treating roadways and move over for emergency vehicles.
  • Be patient. Your trip time could increase when adverse weather conditions exist.
  • Remain in your vehicle. If stranded, call 911 to alert emergency services.
  • Avoid unnecessary travel if conditions warrant.