Driving in Inclement Weather
Odessa Police and Fire are responding to numerous crashes throughout the community. In less than five hours OFR has responded to ten major crashes in Ector County.
Temperatures are not expected to climb above freezing until after noon and precipitation is expected to continue for at least another hour.
Residents are encouraged to stay off the roads if at all possible. If driving in inclement weather is unavoidable, residents are encouraged to follow these safety tips.
- Make sure your windows are thawed out before you start driving.
- Check all your tires and fluid levels in your vehicle including anti-freeze.
- Plan your travel and check the latest forecasts and road conditions
- Buckle up everyone in the vehicle.
- Let someone know what route you will be taking and what time they can expect you.
- Put blankets, water and food in the vehicle in the event you become stranded.
- Reduce your speed to a speed that allows you to maintain control of your vehicle. Speed limits are based on normal road and weather conditions, not winter road conditions.
- Maintain at least three times the normal following distance on snow or ice.
- Start slowing down as you approach intersections and be prepared to wait on other vehicles approaching from the opposite direction.
- Use extra caution on bridges, ramps, overpasses and shaded areas as they tend to freeze first.
- If you start to slide, ease off the gas pedal or brakes. Steer where you want the vehicle to go.
- Accelerate slowly
- Brake gently in slow, steady strokes to see how much traction you have, and begin braking early when approaching intersections or stops.
- Never use cruise control in winter driving conditions
- Use nonfreezing windshield washer liquid