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NMDOT offers tips for driving in winter weather

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The New Mexico Department of Transportation District Two is preparing to tackle cold temperatures and snow-covered roads this winter in Southeastern New Mexico.

District Two serves 10 counties — Chaves, Curry, De Baca, Eddy, Guadalupe, Lea, Lincoln, Otero, Socorro, Roosevelt and Torrance.

“Our crews work extremely hard to keep our roads clear of snow and ice; however, it’s important for drivers to remember to drive safely during inclement weather,” said District Two Engineer Timothy Parker. “This may mean driving slower, obeying road closure signage, which could possibly prevent an accident.”

NMDOT offers the following recommendations for safe winter driving:

• Wear your seatbelt.

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• Slow down and leave extra space between your vehicle and the one in front of you.

• Use brakes carefully. It takes more time and distance to stop in adverse conditions.

• Don’t crowd the plow. If you find yourself behind a snowplow be patient and give the driver plenty of room to do his job.

• Use extra caution on bridges, ramps, overpasses and shaded areas since they are likely to freeze first and stay frozen the longest.

The department’s road condition website www.nmroads.com is updated around the clock and is linked to the 511 road condition hotline.

The NMRoads mobile app can be downloaded to keep travelers updated on the go.