Slick roads set stage for dicey driving

TxDOT offers tips for safe driving

By Josh Skurnik - Reporter

SAN ANTONIO - Slick and icy roads in some areas set the stage for more than a dozen traffic accidents during Thursday's early morning commute in San Antonio.

While it might have been the first blast of winter this season, it might not be the last.

"It's horrible. Roads are super slick and it's not exactly fun. People keep stopping. San Antonio's not the best at driving in this weather," said commuter Nicole Buck.

"(A) lot of people hitting their brakes a lot. And usually, I drive a little 'NASCAR-ish,' but today I stayed very careful," said James Maines, a commuter. "It's all about safety today."

The Texas Department of Transportation has the following tips for driving in nasty conditions:

Slow down. Speed limits are based on normal road and weather conditions.

If you're driving in icy conditions, maintain at least three times the normal following distance.

Use extra caution on bridges, ramps, overpasses and shaded areas as they tend to freeze first.

If your vehicle does start to slide, ease off the gas pedal or brakes, then steer into the direction of the skid until you have traction again. Then straighten your vehicle.

Some motorists said they're taking it easy on the roads.

"We're watching out for the roads, making sure, you know, they're slippery or whatever, just kinda' slowin' down a little bit," said Shevin Ravenel, whose commute from Castroville on I-90 was twice as long as usual Thursday. "I mean, it wasn't bad, I left a little early."

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