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TxDOT offers Thanksgiving travel tips as holiday season begins

AUSTIN, November 27, 2013-- With inclement weather recently hampering travel conditions in north and west Texas, the Texas Department of Transportation reminds drivers to stay off roadways as much as possible during severe winter weather and use extreme caution when travel is necessary this holiday season. According to the AAA, more than 3 million Texans will travel by car this Thanksgiving season.

“Historically, the busiest travel days are the day before and the Sunday following Thanksgiving,” said Phil Wilson, TxDOT executive director. “Thanksgiving is a time to be spent with family and friends, so we want to make sure Texans get to where they need to be safely.”

Motorists who must drive during bad weather are reminded to drive to conditions – that means lowering your speed when it’s raining or if there’s snow and ice. Also, allow extra travel time to reach your destination and leave plenty of room between your car and the one you’re following.

In 2012, there were 952 serious injuries and 48 deaths from traffic crashes during the Thanksgiving holiday reporting period. In an effort to reduce the number of traffic fatalities this year, TxDOT is asking drivers to follow a few simple rules of the road:

Pay attention – put phone away and limit distractions

Buckle seatbelts – everyone in car has to be buckled

Drive to conditions – slow down when weather is bad

Left lane for passing only

Never drink and drive

Obey all traffic laws

Drivers also should:

Ensure vehicle is properly maintained.

Stay tuned to local news, road closures, changing conditions and weather alerts.

Check online highway conditions information at www.DriveTexas.org

DriveTexas is mobile friendly and a great tool that offers real-time road conditions, traffic and weather feeds. Travelers also can call TxDOT’s highway conditions line at 800-452-9292 for routing and trip-planning information.

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