Sat. May 18th, 2024

Cold temperatures can mean tough driving, are you ready?

CLOVIS (KSMX)- The New Mexico Department of Transportation District Two is ready to tackle cold temperatures and snow-covered roads in Southeastern New Mexico.

District Two serves ten 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.
  • 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  is updated around the clock and is linked to our 511 road condition hotline.

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