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DPS Reminds Texans to Prepare for Winter Weather

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) encourages Texans in all regions of the state to make preparations for staying safe as we approach the official start of winter.

“As we know all too well, Texas weather can change in an instant,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “Every year, Texas faces serious dangers brought on by winter weather conditions, including freezing temperatures, ice, sleet and even snow. Taking extra safety precautions now could make all the difference during these potentially severe weather events this winter.”

Texans can prepare their vehicles for the winter by checking the battery, windshield wipers (including appropriate freeze resistant-fluid), tire pressure, tire tread and fluid levels, as well as taking time to lubricate door and trunk locks to prevent freezing. In addition, the following is a list of emergency supplies drivers can keep in their vehicle:

Blankets/sleeping bags; Extra clothing, including gloves and a hat; Cell phone, radio, flashlight and extra batteries; First-aid kit and pocket knife; High calorie, non-perishable food and bottled water; Bag of sand or cat litter to provide traction for tires; and windshield scraper, tool kit, booster cables, tow rope and a shovel.