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MDOT offers safe driving tips as state prepares for winter weather

With winter weather on its way to Mississippi in the coming days, the Department of Transportation is preparing for the possibility of slick and icy roads and asking you to be cautious. 

According to the National Weather Service, up to two inches of snow may fall “with the highest chance of precipitation over North central Mississippi.” Other portions of the state may also see some snow and sleet, leading to dangerous driving conditions on the roadways. 

According to a news release, MDOT preparing equipment by installing salt spreaders on trucks and making sure all response vehicles are fueled and running properly. Crews are stocking salt, sand and asphalt slag piles. Overnight, crews will be riding the highways to treat problem areas as they are found.

To assist the traveling public in preparing for potential winter weather conditions, MDOT offers these safe driving tips. 

  • Remember, ice will form on bridges and overpasses quicker than the road. 
  • Slow down; should winter weather conditions become present, black ice can form.
  • Allow more space between the vehicles around you.
  • Brake early and gently to avoid skidding, and never slam on the brakes.
  • Avoid distractions, such as talking or texting on a cell phone.
  • Stay alert.

For real-time road conditions on Mississippi’s highways and bridges, visit MDOTtraffic.com

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