Texas weather is unpredictable any time of the year, but especially during the winter months. The most important factor to remember is the handling capability of your car is drastically reduced in winter weather so it is best to use a slower speed to compensate for decreased handling.
Simple Winter Driving Tips
Travel safety is a priority, and we seek every resource available to keep the major roads open and passable during winter storms. Motorists should always exercise caution and, if possible, allow extra time to reach destinations or delay travel until conditions improve.
- Remove snow and ice from your vehicle before you drive
- Maintain your vehicle in accordance with manufacturer’s recommendations
- Ensure headlights and tail lights are functioning properly
- Accelerate slowly, drive slowly, and observe traffic signs and alerts
- Approach bridges, shaded spots, and turns slowly.
Sleet, ice and freezing rain can create extremely dangerous driving conditions, which is why we strongly advise drivers to stay off the roads as much as possible, especially during the morning rush hour. If drivers must be on the road, please remember to:
- Reduce speed
- Increase following distance
- Use extra caution on bridges, ramps, overpasses
- Stay back at least 200 feet from vehicles treating roadways
- If you start to slide, ease off the gas pedal or brakes and steer into the direction of the skid
- Avoid unnecessary travel
Elevated structures such as bridges and overpasses are most likely to freeze first. Drivers should use extreme caution when approaching any elevated surface.