Bad Weather Tonight: Winter Driving Tips From The Tyler Police Department

Winter weather conditions can make travel in Tyler dangerous. The Tyler Police Department is urging motorists to pay attention to changing weather conditions and prepare for winter driving.  Sand trucks are on stand-by if needed for slick roadways.

Winter driving tips include:

When it's snowy or icy, it's always best to avoid travel if at all possible.

If you must travel, wear your seat belt and make sure your children are properly secured in seatbelts or appropriate child safety seats.

Remember that ice forms first on bridges, overpasses and shady areas. If you hit a patch of ice, stay off your brakes and decelerate slowly, holding the car steady as you go over the ice.

Speed is the main problem with driving on ice. Adjust your speed to fit the weather conditions.

Keep a safe distance from the car in front of you.

If your car goes into a skid, take your foot off the gas pedal but don't hit the brake. Steer gently in the direction you want the front of the car to go. As the car straightens out, you will be able to regain traction and control.

Check your car battery before cold weather sets in.  Battery power dips in cold weather.

Cathryn Khalil, reporting.