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Can you handle driving during a North Texas ice storm?

Posted Dec. 12, 2016

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During ice or snow, maintain at least a five-second distance behind snow plows, sanding equipment and other weather-response vehicles to ensure your safety and the safety of equipment operators.

As North Texas natives know, the weather here can change dramatically from one week to the next. Ice is more likely to accumulate on North Texas roads than snow, and ice is often more dangerous to negotiate than snow.

With that in mind, are you ready to drive in a North Texas winter?

The North Texas Tollway Authority (NTTA) prepares throughout the year to battle icy conditions when they arise. Smart driving is the next level of defense:

  • Heed warnings: If icy conditions exist, avoid getting on the road.
  • If you find yourself on the road during icy conditions, slow down. This is the most important thing you can do. High speeds increase your risk of losing control of your vehicle.
  • Use your brakes sparingly. Applying the brakes is one of the most common triggers of loss of control.
  • If you begin to slide, turn your wheel into the slide (the direction the rear of the vehicle is going), not against.
  • Keep your tires properly inflated, and ensure that tire tread is not worn. Driving on wet or icy roads with inadequate tires can cause hydroplaning, which leads to crashes.

NTTA staff monitors sensors embedded in the pavement and placed underneath bridges and overpasses. Those sensors provide temperature readings and detect ice formation, so crews can apply substances that lower the freezing point of water and melt ice.

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