As an arctic cold front and potentially icy conditions move into the area this weekend, now is the time to prepare.
Road crews began pre-treating highways and roads across the region, but there are still a few things to remember when driving in icy conditions. Here is some information to keep in mind before, during and after a winter storm.
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Ice forms first on bridges, overpasses, and shady areas. If you hit a patch of ice, DPS officials recommend for drivers to stay off the brakes and decelerate slowly while holding the steering wheel steady.
Now is also the time to check fluid and antifreeze levels in your car. In addition, keep your gas tank full to prevent water condensation in the tank.
Finally, drive slowly, and avoid using cruise control.
ROAD CONDITIONS HOTLINE
Texas Department of Public Safety offers information on storm planning, or call 800.452.9292.
Road conditions statewide are also available to view online through the Drive Texas website.
TEXAS DEPT. OF TRANSPORTATION
The Texas Department of Transportation has over 300 vehicles ready to treat bridges and overpasses Dallas and Tarrant districts. North Texas toll roads will be treated by 27 trucks with 40,000 gallons of brine, which is a saltwater solution.
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In case of emergency, or if you suspect a natural gas leak, Atmos Energy asks you to dial 911 or 866.322.8667.
If you need to report an outeage, or get in touch with your utility company, you can also dial the number listed on your bill.
Dallas Area Rapid Transit has two operating scenarios during severe winter weather. Click here for more information on winter weather operating information.
The Fort Worth T will provide bus and TRE service under freezing conditions. Officials said the T is prepared for icy conditions, but reminded passengers to expect slight delays. Buses will be started early to warm engines and interiors for drivers and passengers. In addition, sidewalks will be sanded at The T's transfer centers.
The Trinity Railway Express will follow its planned regular schedules. TRE will use heating equipment to keep moving parts of track switches thawed and will bring in maintenance crews earlier than usual.
TRE platforms and ramps will also be sanded.
Bus and TRE schedules are on The T's website, and commuters may also call The T's service line at 817-215-8600.
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