AUSTIN -- With wintry weather headed into many parts of Texas, the Texas Department of Transportation is making preparations to keep Central Texans safe on the roads.
TxDOT said they are preparing sand and other de-icing materials and equipment, with staff on standby to treat roadways if needed.
“TxDOT is ready to respond should the Texas Hill Country receive winter weather this weekend,” said Greg Malatek, TxDOT Austin District Engineer. “Hazardous weather can cause problems for drivers, so if you don’t have to drive in it—don’t. If you do decide to drive, be sure to reduce your speed in icy conditions and take extra precautions when approaching bridges, shaded spots, overpasses and turns, as these areas tend to ice over first.”
The Austin district of TxDOT covers Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Gillespie, Hays, Lee, Llano, Mason, Travis and Williamson counties.
TxDOT also released the following winter weather driving tips:
- Drive slowly on slick roadways.
- Keep a safe distance from vehicles driving ahead.
- Watch for treatment trucks on the roadways.
- Drive with extra caution on bridges, ramps and overpasses. They tend to freeze first.
- If your vehicle starts to slide, don't hit the brakes or the gas. Steer into the direction of the skid until you have regained traction, then straighten out your vehicle.
Go here for tips on keeping your property safe during freezing weather.