Driving Safely In Winter Weather – Tips From The Texas DPS
We might get some wintery weather to deal with tonight so here are a few tips from the Texas DPS to remember when driving in the slippery stuff.
- Slow down. Remember, speed limits are based on normal road and weather conditions, not wet or winter road conditions.
- Maintain at least three times the normal following distance on snow or ice. Do not tailgate ever, especially in wet or icy conditions.
- Watch carefully for snow removal equipment and stay at least 200 feet behind snow plows.
- Use extra caution on bridges, ramps, overpasses and shaded areas as they tend to freeze first.
- If your vehicle starts to slide, ease off the gas pedal or brakes. Steer into the direction of the skid until you have regained traction. Then straighten your vehicle.
Do you have your road emergency kit in your vehicle? Here's what you should always have with you:
- Booster cables
- Texas road map
- Chain/tow strap/shovel
- Abrasive materials (sand or cat litter)
- First-aid kit
- Extra pair of socks and gloves
- Snacks and water
- Ice scraper
- Flares and matches
Download and print the TexDOT Winter Safety Guide.
Check out the video below from Consumer Reports on Winter Driving Tips. Let's be safe out there.