MDOT Prepares for More Winter Weather

WHERE:            The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) is preparing for another round of winter weather moving through the state over the next 24 hours. In counties potentially affected by winter weather conditions, MDOT crews are preparing trucks and plows, monitoring weather forecasts and prediction models, and working through tonight into tomorrow or until roadways are clear for safe travel and Winter Storm Thor moves out of the state.

WHAT:          MDOT’s number one priority is the safety of the traveling public. As winter weather moves through the state, MDOT wants you to be prepared. For more information, visit www.GoMDOT.com/winter.

Safe Driving Tips:

  • Buckle up and slow down.
  • Use headlights to be more visible to other motorists.
  • Avoid distractions such as talking on a cell phone and texting.
  • Allow more distance between your vehicle and the one in front of you.
  • Brake early and gently to avoid skidding and never slam on the brakes.

Regular maintenance of your vehicle is another way to protect yourself during winter, and MDOT has these tips.

  • Check tire pressure regularly during winter months.
  • Have your car battery and charging system checked for optimum performance.
  • Make sure your inside lights are working and your headlights are aimed properly.
  • Make sure the exhaust system has no leaks. Carbon monoxide can accumulate quickly in closed vehicles.

For the current travel and road conditions, visit www.MDOTtraffic.com, download the MS Traffic Mobile App in the Google Play or Apply App stores, follow @MississippiDOT on Twitter or call 866-521-6968.

WHEN:          Now (Wednesday, March 4).

For more information about MDOT, visit www.GoMDOT.com; follow, like and subscribe to MississippiDOT on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. For the latest travel information, call 511 or visit www.MDOTtraffic.com. For after-hours media inquiries, call 601-359-9777 or visit http://mdot.ms.gov/portal/public_affairs.aspx.

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