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Snow and ice - winter weather driving tips

Winter weather creates unpredictable and dangerous driving conditions. TxDOT strongly advises you to stay off the roads. But if you must drive, please use extreme caution.

Information on road conditions in the state is available at DriveTexas™ or by phone at 800-452-9292. Travel planning and other tips are available in the TxDOT Safety Guide for Winter Travel.

Keeping travelers safe during severe weather
Get highway road conditions information

For emergencies call 911

Call Phone
For roadside assistance 800-525-5555
For current road information 800-452-9292

Driving tips

  • Slow down. Speed limits are based on normal road and weather conditions, not winter road conditions.
  • Maintain at least three times the normal following distance on snow or ice.
  • Watch carefully for snow removal equipment and stay at least 200 feet behind snow plows.
  • Use extra caution on bridges, ramps, overpasses, and shaded areas as they tend to freeze first.
  • If your vehicle starts to slide, ease off the gas pedal or brakes. Steer into the direction of the skid until you have regained traction. Then straighten your vehicle.

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