With the threat of winter weather, the Texas Department of Transportation has released tips to keep you safe while driving.
To reduce hazards motorists should:
Winterize vehicles before traveling during adverse weather conditions.
Check fuel, tire, oil, and antifreeze levels.
Make sure heater, brakes, and windshield wipers are working properly.
Check area weather conditions on radio or television before starting a trip.
Motorists can call TxDOT's toll-free highway conditions line at 800-452-9292 or go on-line to http://www.txdot.gov/travel/road_conditions.htm.
Use caution over elevated roadways (bridges and overpasses).
These are the first of all roadways to freeze, if conditions allow.
Reduce speed and drive with caution.
A vehicle needs three times more space to stop on slick roadways.
Visibility could also be reduced during winter weather conditions.
Trip time could increase when adverse weather conditions exist.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration suggests motorists who live or drive in areas with severe winter weather put a winter storm kit in their vehicle. The kit should include:
Mobile phone with charger and extra battery, blankets/sleeping bags, flashlight with extra batteries, first-aid kit, knife,
non-perishable food, extra clothing, matches, sand or cat litter, shovel, windshield scraper and brush, tool kit, tow rope, battery booster cables, water container, compass, and road maps.