The Texas Department of Transportation is working to make sure drivers stay safe, and crews are doing much more than just salting the roads.
Starting Friday, TxDOT sent out trucks to lay down brine, which is just salt and water, so it will not cause serious damage to vehicles.
Sonja Gross with TxDOT stated it is also up to the drivers to do their part to keep safe by slowing down, knowing the route, using extra space between each vehicle and looking out for the brine trucks on the road.
“Our brine trucks have to move at about 50 to 55 miles per hour down the roadway on a constant speed to spread that brine evenly across the roadway.” Gross stated, “Give them the room they need to do their job. They’re traveling with other vehicles that will warn you that that brine truck is ahead spaying… so give yourself enough space on either side or just lay back.”
Gross also reminds drivers to fully inflate tires, check the gas tank and make sure the windshield wipers are functioning.
Crews have been preparing for this winter for months. They were even taken to the Fire Training Center to practice since there was no snow last year.