Staying on the Road this Winter

Staying on the Road this Winter

Most of the snow and ice has melted around Wichita Falls, and road conditions have improved greatly. But twenty-four hours ago, it was a different story.

Thirty-seven accidents were reported in Wichita Falls alone from 4 p.m. Sunday to 8 a.m. Monday due to the slick conditions. DPS Spokesperson Tony Fulton says that in bad weather, you should drive according to the conditions.

"Just because the speed limit is 75 miles per hour, doesn't mean you should be driving that fast when the roads are slick," Fulton said.

and if you do start to skid on slippery roadways, its important not to panic.

"We don't want to hit our breaks hard, we want to pump them, we don't want to make quick movements with the steering wheel. If we start to slide, turn into that slide," Fulton said.

Fulton also said let off the gas as you drive into the skid. Most of the accidents that occur in winter weather happen on over passes and intersections, and so Fulton advises to treat every open intersection like it's a four way stop, even if you don't have a stop sign.

"Someone coming up to that may not be able to stop and may slide through that intersection," Fulton explained.

It may be tempting on longer drives to use your car's cruise control function, but if you're traveling on icy roads, resist that temptation, according to Fulton.

"If your tires ever break traction, it could cause the vehicle to accelerate and cause you to lose control of it," Fulton said.

Dave Caulfield, Newschannel 6