The New Mexico Department of Transportation is offering residents recommendations for safe winter driving. These include:
- 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.
“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.”
Current road conditions can be found on NMDOT’s website at nmroads.com. The site is updated around the clock and is linked to the departments 511 road condition hotline. The NMRoads mobile app can be downloaded to keep travelers updated.
The National Weather Service has also issued a Winter Storm Warning for Curry, Roosevelt, Quay and De Baca counties until Wednesday evening at 6:00 p.m. Snow accumulations are expected to reach 6 to 12 inches, with ice accumulations of around one tenth of inch. Parmer County is under the same watch until 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday.