Safety tips when winter weather hits the road

MIDLAND -- It's been raining on and off all day, and while it's not as bad as anticipated, we've already seen an accident.

CBS 7 spoke with drivers and DPS to find out how to stay safe on the roads when winter weather hits.

"Slow down. It's not worth getting hurt over," said Dolan Cheatham.
"Stay home," Roy Ramero laughed.

"If you don't need to be out, don't be out- especially if there's snow and ice on the road," Sergeant Oscar Villarreal.

Sergeant Oscar Villarreal says to keep up your vehicle maintenance - tire pressure and windshield wipers.

"With winter weather, it's always good to keep up those precautionary measures to makes sure, you're taking a little bit more time to get where you're going,” he said. “Be cautious of overpasses, they tend to ice over first."

"I avoid a wreck about once every three days. Somebody distracted merges into me or cuts me off and, well, we just have to be alert," Romero added.

That's when the roads are in prime condition. Now that they're getting icy: "I just stay in the right lane and go slow," Cheatham explained.
"Be aware of what's going on around you. Just keep focused, keep looking around, making sure everybody else is focused as well," said Romero.

"Tell someone where you're going and what time you expect to be there," concluded Villarreal.

Sergeant Villarreal also advises you to keep an emergency bag in your car, with a charged phone, bottles of water and a blanket, in case of an emergency situation.

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