SANTA FE – Parts of New Mexico are already experiencing freezing temperatures, high winds, snow, sleet, rain and ice that can lead to dangerous driving conditions.
The New Mexico Department of Transportation constantly monitors the weather and is ready to work around the clock, spreading salt and ash, and plowing the roads as needed.
In coordination with law enforcement, the NMDOT offers advice to drivers when traveling in bad weather.
• Be Prepared Before You Go: Make sure you have enough fuel and enough washer fluid and antifreeze. Check your tire inflation and clear snow from your vehicle, including headlights and taillights. Keep a flashlight, phone charger, sand or kitty litter, blanket, first aid supplies, water, and snacks in the vehicle.
• Plan Ahead: Check the forecast and the latest road conditions by calling 511 or visiting http://nmroads.com. Give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination and be prepared for delays.
• Wear your seat belt: Make sure everyone in the vehicle is properly buckled.
• Take is slow: The best prevention of collisions on snow and ice is to SLOW DOWN.
• No cruise control: Never use cruise control on slippery roads. It can reduce your control of the vehicle if your tires start to skid or slip.
• Brake carefully: it takes longer to stop in adverse conditions and stopping too quickly can cause drivers to lose control.
• Be careful on bridges, overpasses and shaded areas: these areas usually freeze first and take longer to thaw.
• Do not crowd the plow or other drivers: leave enough space between you and the vehicle in front of you. It takes up to ten times the distance to stop in snow and ice. Keep a distance of at least 50 feet or five cars between you and snow.
This article originally appeared on Deming Headlight: New Mexico Department of Transportation Provides Cold Weather / Winter Driving Tips