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Here’s How to Avoid Slip-Slidin’ Away

Here’s How to Avoid Slip-Slidin’ Away

Winter is on its way, and around these parts, you’re much more likely to encounter ice than large accumulations of snow. No matter where you learned to drive, we hope you learned ice is often more dangerous to negotiate than snow.

Smart driving is the next level of defense. Here’s what you should know before you go:

  • Heed warnings – If the weather’s dicey, maybe it’s better to just stay home.
  • If you have to drive, maintain at least a five-second distance behind snow plows, sanding equipment and other weather-response vehicles to ensure your safety and the safety of equipment operators.
  • When driving during icy conditions, slow down – high speeds increase your risk of losing control of your vehicle.
  • Use your brakes sparingly – braking is one of the most common triggers of losing control.
  • If you begin to slide, turn your wheel into the slide (the direction the rear of the vehicle is going), not against.
  • Keep your tires properly inflated and ensure that tire tread is not worn – driving on wet or icy roads with inadequate tires can cause hydroplaning, which leads to crashes.
  • This is not a DIY situation – NTTA Roadside Safety Services is available in all weather conditions to help you if you’re stuck on one of our roads, simply dial #999 on your mobile phone, (Please don’t ever text from a moving vehicle!) and we’ll send help.

NTTA is fully stocked with winter-weather supplies and is prepared for the next time ice or snow descends on North Texas. When bad weather hits, we monitor temperature sensors embedded in the pavement and placed underneath bridges and overpasses to provide a “heads up” before ice forms, so crews can get there first.

Now you’re good to go for a North Texas winter!