Icy Weather Driving Tips from TxDot

Icy Weather Driving Tips from TxDot

Zora Asberry
NewsWest 9

The Permian Basin is expecting freezing temperatures and icy roads on Sunday night that will create hazardous driving conditions.

NewsWest 9 spoke with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to get more information on how to travel safely Sunday night going into Monday morning.

"The best thing to do is stay home, that's the safest thing you can do. But you know if you have to go out, be careful and follow the rules, follow the laws and signs," Odessa Resident, Frank Cedillos, said.

Gene Powell, Public Information Officer for TxDOT, said, "You should make sure that your car is ready to be driven in icy weather. You need good windshield wipers, good defrosters, make sure you have good tread on your tires and good brakes."

TxDOT offers some tips about driving that most people don't think about, which includes not using your cruise control or your brakes during icy weather.

"Don't use your cruise control because if you lose traction and your cruise control kicks in, it will it will speed your engine up until it gains traction and that could be dangerous. The second is don't slam your brakes on, you'll want a smooth even stop. If you hit your brakes, you're going to slide and sliding means you don't have any control of where the car is going," Powell said.

Another Odessa Resident, Richard Lynn, gave this advice, "If you start spinning out, just take your foot off the gas and brake and just kind of let it drift. Throw in a little bit of control, don't put too much into it, don't overcompensate. You just got to kind of lead it to a stop."

TxDOT also says that it's important to reduce your speed, use caution on bridges and maintain at least three times the normal following distance when ice or snow is present.

"If you see our guys out there pre-treating, please give them 200 or 300 feet to work. They're throwing brine and in some cases granular meltdown material onto the roads, you don't want that hitting your car, you don't want to slide into the back of them. So give our guys plenty of room to work and don't take any chances," Powell said.

The weather is usually colder in the morning hours, so it's advised that you leave for work ahead of time so that you can travel safely without being in a rush.

"Be extra careful, just throw in a little extra time before going work. Just make sure to watch where you're going, watch other people especially, just keep an eye out that's the best way to go about it," Lynn said.

NewsWest 9 will keep you updated with the latest road conditions and closures over the next few days. For more information, tune into NewsWest 9 Sunrise or visit us online at www.newswest9.com.