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Winter Weather Driving Dangers

With this season's first big blast of winter weather coming soon, you need to be prepared for slick roads.
AMARILLO -- With this season's first big blast of winter weather coming soon, you need to be prepared for slick roads. 

It's been several months since we've had to drive slower due to snowy conditions, but the first batch of ice and snow is the one that takes everybody by surprise.

Slowing down while driving on ice will help you keep control. Allow plenty of space between your car and those in front of you. 

Paul Braun from the Texas Department of Transportation says that knowing what to do before it gets icy will go a long way.

"Find out what kind of weather we're going to be expecting and be prepared for that . Also, you want to make sure that your vehicle is well maintained, you've got good wiper blades, good tires, make sure it's all working properly," said Braun.

Bridges and overpasses will get slick first due to the cold air hitting the undersides. If you start to slide, don't panic, but turn your wheel in the direction you want to go.

To be prepared for the heavy snow events, it's good to keep an emergency kit in your car, complete with blankets and flashlights as well as water, ice scrapers and cat litter or sand.

You can find more out about winter travel safety at www.txdot.gov or drivetexas.gov
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