Safety Guide for Winter Travel
Posted on January, 17th 2018
During the winter months, maintenance teams work hard to make sure roadways are prepared to handle hazardous weather conditions. Through the use of de-icing/anti-icing agents, salt spreaders, and snowplows, road crews work are at work to ensure your safety. However, the traveling public should also use every resource available to improve their own safety. During winter weather conditions, make sure that you:
- Remove snow and ice from your vehicle before you drive
- Ensure headlights and taillights are functioning properly – limited visibility during snow storms makes this paramount
- Accelerate slowly and approach bridges, shaded spots, and turns slowly
Vehicle maintenance is also an important, but often neglected aspect of driving safety. During the winter months, your vehicle’s engine, tires, brakes, wipers, and other parts are all taxed to their design limits. Making sure they are operating and functioning properly is vital to being in a safe position on the road.
Check out this guide released by the Texas Department of Transportation with tips on how to winterize your vehicle, resources to get information about road conditions, and what parts of your car to check to complete a full auto safety check.