News - Winter Road Advisory

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.