The Federal Highway Administration reports nearly 900 people are killed and nearly 76,000 are injured in vehicle crashes during snowfall or sleet episodes every year on our nation’s roadways.
In a typical three-month winter period, that comes to 10 deaths a day and more than 844 injuries.
In Texas, December was the second-deadliest month for traffic fatalities in 2014. Weather conditions can play a big role in elevating crash risks. NHTSA says all vehicles handle differently on wet, icy or snowy roads. Click HERE for the National Highway Transportation Administrations (NHTSA) winter driving tips.
- Plan your travel route; check the weather, road conditions and traffic
- Before moving your car, clean snow, ice or dirt from the windows, the forward sensors, headlights, tail lights and backup camera
- Fill your windshield washer reservoir
- Don’t rush; allow plenty of time to get to your destination
- Stock your vehicle with a snow shovel, broom and ice scrapper
- Keep abrasive material such as sand or kitty litter in the trunk, in case your vehicle gets stuck in the snow
- Carry jumper cables, flashlight and warning devices such as flares and emergency markers
- Bring blankets for protection from the cold, a cell phone with charger, water, food and any necessary medicine
- Ask your mechanic to check your battery during a visit for a tune-up or regular service
- Be sure your vehicle coolant is designed to withstand winter temperatures
Please add these numbers to your contact list:
- Texas Road Conditions Hotline at 800-452-9292 for road closures and alerts.
Texas DPS Stranded Motorist Hotline at 800-525-5555 for roadway assistance.