Bridges and overpasses are biggest problem areas for drivers

Bridges and overpasses are biggest problem areas for drivers
East Texas TxDOT convoy heading to Dallas area
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POSTED: Sunday, December 8, 2013 - 6:59am

UPDATED: Sunday, December 8, 2013 - 7:03am

Sunday morning, many areas of East Texas may see some freezing mist and icy conditions on the roads. Most of the problems appear to be occurring in Gregg and Cherokee Counties along bridges and overpasses.

The Texas Department of Public Safety urges drivers to use extra caution when driving in these areas.

DPS offices in East Texas sent heavy equipment and more than twenty employee volunteers to the Dallas/Fort Worth area, which has seen the extreme effects of this wintry weather since Thursday. Drivers are still having a lot of difficulty driving on many icy roads in that region, and many people are without power.

As a reminder, DPS offers the following tips for staying safe during this weather event:

  • Avoid unnecessary travel if possible, and monitor local weather broadcasts, and follow up-to-the-minute weather conditions at http://www.weather.gov/.
  • Remember that ice forms first on bridges, overpasses and shady areas. If you hit a patch of ice, stay off your brakes and decelerate slowly, holding the steering wheel steady.
  • On icy roads, drive slowly, increase distance needed for stopping, and avoid using cruise control.
  • Make sure your vehicle is properly maintained before any trip – check fluid and antifreeze levels.
  • Keep your gas tank full to prevent water condensation in the tank.
  • Buckle up everyone in the vehicle – it’s the law.

For more information on road conditions statewide, check www.drivetexas.org or call 800-452-9292.

In addition, here is a list of emergency supplies drivers can keep in their vehicle:

  • Blankets/sleeping bags and extra clothing, mittens and hat
  • Cell phone, radio, flashlight, extra batteries
  • First-aid kit and pocket knife
  • High calorie, non perishable food, bottled water
  • Sack of sand or cat litter for de-icing roadway
  • Windshield scraper, tool kit, booster cables, tow rope and shovel

For additional information regarding winter weather preparedness, visit: http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/dem/threatawareness/winterStormPlanning.htm
 

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