Drive Smart in Winter Weather

As Texans prepare for the colder weather, it’s important to drive smart by practicing safe driving to get to your destination safe and sound. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 17% of all vehicle crashes occur during winter conditions.

Winter Safe Driving Tips:

  • Schedule routine tune-ups and maintenance year-round for your vehicle. Pay special attention to your vehicle’s battery, wipers, coolant, tires and other systems that can take a beating when the temperature drops.
  • Drive slowly. Give yourself more time to get to where you’re going. It’s harder to control or stop your vehicle on a slick or snow-covered road.
  • Increase your following distance enough so that you’ll have plenty of time to stop for vehicles ahead of you. Every vehicle handles wet, icy or snowy roads differently.
  • Before you leave, know the weather and traffic conditions, and plan your route accordingly. Monitor Texas road conditions at DriveTexas.org and check any current road enhancements on NET RMA’s website.
  • Keep blankets, flashlights, jumper cables, and flares or emergency lights in your vehicle. Even if you don’t need them, they can be used to help someone else in need on the road.

For more winter safe driving tips visit NHSTA.gov.

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