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Beat the Traffic: Road Conditions -- Important phone numbers

by Katherine Whaley / 11 News

Posted on February 2, 2011 at 11:54 AM

Updated Thursday, Feb 3 at 11:22 AM

 Important Phone Numbers
Texas Department of Transportation -- Road Conditions:
Texas Department of Transportation -- Stranded Motorist Hotline:
City of Houston Public Information:

Harris County Free Motorist Assistance



TXDOT -- Winter Driving Safety Tips:

  • Monitor road conditions.
  • Remove snow and ice from your car before you drive -- make sure the headlights and taillights are visible.
  • Accelerate genlty.
  • Increase distance between you and the vehicle in front of you.
  • Brake gently in slow, steady strokes to measure traction, and begin braking early when approaching intersections or stops.
  • Approach bridges, shaded spots, overpasses and turns carefully.
  • Do not use cruise control in winter driving conditions.
  • Use non-freezing windshield washer liquid.
  • Use snow tires and/or chains.
  • If stranded, call the Texas Department of Public Safety's stranded motorist hotline toll-free at (800) 525-5555.