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2015-01-08

'Prepare for winter weather'

TxDPS

Law enforcement administrators with the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) encourage Texans to be prepare when strong cold front impacting parts of Texas are predicted. Problematic forecasts include possibilities of sleet and freezing rain that may include ice accumulations.
"DPS asks Texans to prepare for winter weather when cold fronts move into areas of the state. Drivers may encounter freezing rain and sleet, which often create dangerous road conditions," said DPS Director Steven McCraw. "Texans should always monitor changing weather conditions during winter months and use extra caution on roadways."
DPS offers the following tips for staying safe during any winter weather event:
• Avoid unnecessary travel if possible, monitor local weather broadcasts and follow up-to-the-minute weather conditions at http://www.weather.gov/.
• Remember that ice forms first on bridges, overpasses and shady areas.
• On icy roads, drive slowly, increase distance needed for stopping and avoid using cruise control.
• Watch for downed trees and power lines across roads. If power is out, treat all intersections as four-way stops.
• Make sure your vehicle is properly maintained before any trip - check fluid and antifreeze levels.
• Don't drink and drive and buckle up everyone in the vehicle.
For more information on road conditions statewide, check www.drivetexas.org or call 800-452-9292.
In addition, drivers may want to keep these emergency supplies in their vehicle:
• Blankets or sleeping bags, extra clothing, mittens and hats
• Cell phone, radio, flashlight and extra batteries
• First-aid kit and pocketknife
• High-calorie nonperishable food and bottled water
• Sack of sand or cat litter to provide traction for tires
• Windshield scraper, tool kit, booster cables, tow rope and shovel
For additional information regarding winter weather preparedness, visit: http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/dem/threatawareness/winterStormPlanning.htm.