16 Jun Stay Safe While Driving this Texas Winter
Although Texas does not receive the multiple snowstorms producing several feet of snow during the winter months, the state can and does experience severe weather with the changing season. Stay safe this winter while driving on Texas roads by practicing good driving habits.
Winter weather makes driving conditions unpredictable and hazardous. If possible, restrict your travel during a winter storm. If you must hit the road, use extreme caution. Keep in mind that sleet or freezing rain can make the roads and sidewalks dangerous. You may also experience these driving risks during the winter: loss of pavement friction due to icy conditions; poor visibility brought on by fog, rain or spray from other vehicles; debris from standing water or strong winds; and road damage due to wash-outs and flooding.
Reduce your speed whenever any of the above conditions are present. The posted speed limits are only for ideal driving conditions and not winter weather. You could be ticketed even though you are driving the speed limit during a winter storm. Also keep your distance from other vehicles. The Texas Department of Transportation recommends staying three times the normal following distance whenever snow or ice is present.
Remain distant (at least 200 feet) from snow removal equipment as well. Be cautions when traveling over bridges, ramps and overpasses, as they tend to collect water and freeze. If your tires start to skid, ease off the gas or brakes. Steer with the slide until you feel traction once again and straighten your vehicle.
It’s a good idea to check with the TxDOT social media or hotlines before traveling this winter so you can be prepared for road conditions. This is also a good time to review your auto insurance policy as icy roads lead to more crashes and moving deer herds also pose a travel risk.
Agents at BKCW are always available to answer any questions you may have about your current auto insurance policy, suggest ways in which you can improve your coverage, and even assist you in finding a better policy. We are able to locate you a variety of auto insurance quotes from a number of providers, ensuring the policy you choose offers the best protection at the most affordable rates. Contact us to find out how you can remain protected, no matter what winter brings.