TxDot safety tips for winter driving

By: Jalah Gray Email
By: Jalah Gray Email

SHERMAN, TX - Tx-Dot says when the weather changes, so do driving conditions. Jalah Gray shows how you can prepare your vehicle for a safer drive this Winter.

Winter months can bring treacherous weather, and dangerous conditions for drivers. Just sunday morning, a man driving south on highway 75 lost control of his car, crossed over the median into northbound traffic, colliding head on with an 18 wheeler.

He died at scene, and investigators say the accident may have been caused by weather conditions and speed.

"Anytime it's wet or there's adverse conditions, and folks are traveling faster than the posted speed, there tends to be more accidents." said David Selman.

TxDot Area Engineer, David Selman, has a few tips for driving safely in hazardous weather.

"Whether it's raining or foggy or sleeting or snowing or there's heavy traffic, or there's road construction folks need to adjust their speed accordingly." Selman said.

Selman also says to give yourself enough room to stop, especially when roads are freshly wet.

"When water first hits the pavement it will bring the oil or the asphalt up to the surface and it becomes slicker." said Selman.

Mechanic, Marc Brinkley, says making sure your vehicle is ready for winter driving is as simple as checking a few things.

"Be prepared with your tires, antifreeze, check your hoses, belts, you're battery, make sure that you're battery is good, don't want to get out there and get stranded." Brinkley said.

And in case you do break down, TxDot says keep a winter emergency kit in your car, with things like an ice scraper, flash light and batteries, cell phone with a charger, blankets and a first aid kit.


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