DPS warns public of icy road conditions

KETK/Alan Snow

POSTED: Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 10:54pm

UPDATED: Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 11:08pm

Winter weather is on its way to east Texas, and everyone should start preparing for icy roads. "Any ice is bad news," said TXDOT's Larry Krantz. The city of Tyler says the best way to stay safe in these conditions is to avoid it. "If you don't have to get out, we wouldn't recommend it," said Carter Delleney.

However, they are prepared for whatever comes our way, and use a sand mixture to help tires grip the roads, and break down the ice.
"When it does hit or when we're thinking its gonna come, we're definitely more proactive," said Delleney.

"I think weather like this only magnifies the need you know to practice those good driving habits," said Krantz. Good driving habits like keeping space between yourself and all other cars, staying away from busy areas, and driving as slow as possible. Even though road temperatures are not ideal for the ice to stick, local officials say the bridges and over passes are the most dangerous places to drive because they will more likely have ice on them.

When asked what the most important advice to east Texans would be, DPS public information officer Trooper Jean Dark says, "the very best thing you can do for yourself is reduce your speed."

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