Tips for driving in winter weather

Texas will continue receiving extreme winter weather for the next few days. Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) provided some tips on how Texans can practice safe driving in hazardous conditions.

  1. Slow down. Speed limits are based on normal road and weather conditions, not winter road conditions.
  2. Maintain at least three times the normal following distance on snow or ice.
  3. Watch carefully for snow removal equipment and stay at least 200 feet behind snow plows.
  4. Use extra caution on bridges, ramps, overpasses and shaded areas as they tend to freeze first.
  5. If your vehicle starts to slide, ease off the gas pedal or brakes. Steer into the direction of the skid until you have regained traction. Then straighten your vehicle.

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Megan Wehring graduated from Texas State University in May 2020 with a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Wehring is nearing one year at the Hays Free Press/News-Dispatch, covering all things local. This includes city council meetings, town events, education and human interest stories. Previously, Wehring worked at KTSW FM-89.9 (Texas State University's official radio station) for two consecutive years. She was a news reporter, assistant news director and monthly segment producer during her time at KTSW. Wehring is passionate about the local reporter aspect. With a heart for storytelling, she believes that journalists are equipped to share the stories that are most important to the community.

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