With our warm climate, residents of the Bayou City can be unaccustomed to winter weather. A few flurries or icicles are enough to terrify many Houston drivers and empty our normally buzzing roads. But just because true winter conditions are a rarity in H-Town doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be ready – especially since we might be less experienced driving in such conditions. Consider that winter driving preparedness means understanding what you can do to protect yourself before you hit the roads and while on them.
The Texas Department of Transportation’s Safety Guide for Winter Travel reminds us that one of the best ways to stay safe on the roads this winter season is by being prepared. It suggests taking the following precautions:
Once you find yourself in winter road conditions, your game-plan should shift toward minimizing the risks you might encounter while driving. FOX 2 Houston recommends removing any distracting gadgets away from the driver. If you’re on a longer drive, consider rotating drivers or taking frequent rest stops, in order to ensure alertness while on the road.
Meanwhile, the Texas Department of Transportation’s Winter Travel page suggests you observe the following precautions on wintry roads:
If you do encounter a winter roadside emergency, Allstate’s Roadside Services can help you get back on your feet – and on the road.