ABILENE – Winter weather is being reported across the Texas Department of Transportation’s (TxDOT) Abilene District. As temperatures fall and precipitation continues, drivers should be cautious of icy road conditions, including patches of black ice in some areas. TxDOT crews are treating roadways, intersections and overpasses and monitoring conditions throughout the district. Beginning today, crews will be working in 12 hour shifts to monitor and treat roadways as necessary until conditions improve.
The safety of the traveling public is TxDOT’s priority. Motorists should avoid traveling in winter conditions, but if they must, they should observe these winter safety tips:
•Reduce speed. Speed limits are based on normal road and
weather conditions, not winter road conditions
• Maintain at least three times the normal following distance on snow or ice
• Use extra caution on bridges, ramps, overpasses and shaded areas as they tend to freeze first
• If you start to slide, ease off the gas pedal or brakes. Steer into the direction of the skid until you feel you have regained traction then straighten your vehicle
For road conditions call the TxDOT road conditions hotline at 1-800-452-9292 or visit www.drivetexas.org.