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Preparing for Snow and Ice

TxDOT wants to prepare drivers for bad conditions.
With wintery weather expected, TxDOT wants to remind folks to be cautious when they get behind the wheel.

We may only be expecting a couple inches of snow, but TxDOT says it's better to be safe than sorry.

Paul Braun with TxDOT says, "slow down and do what you're suppose to do to be a defensive driver."

Braun says one way to be a defensive driver is to not use cruise control in winter weather because it makes it easier to lose control.

Another tip is more for truck drivers and SUV's.

"Four wheel drive is great in the snow, but four wheel drive is not any better than two wheel drive when it comes to ice.  You're not invinsible with that four wheel drive vehicle.  Slow down, drive for the conditions," says Braun.

He tells us TxDOT crews are out patrolling, and they're ready if things get worse.

"If conditions warrant, we will call all of our crews in and they'll be out there plowing and sanding and  taking care of the problem spots as best they can."

Braun has another tip for drivers, he recommends leaving at least three times the normal distance between you and the vehicle in front of you if you're driving in snow or ice.

Better yet, Braun says, "if you don't have to travel, don't.

"We're asking the motorists if they don't have to travel to stay home, let our crews do the work.  But if you have to travel, slow down."

Braun says it's also a good idea to have a safety kit while traveling in winter weather.

This can include a blanket, snacks, and a first aid kit.

For more winter weather safety information, tips and updates on road conditions, head over to www.txdot.gov.

For Road conditions go to www.drivetexas.org.
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