Texas Department of Transportation crews are mobilizing manpower and equipment to respond to the latest threat of severe winter weather.

“Our winter operations plan has been activated and we have more than 250 men and women available to respond, along with more than 125 trucks,” said James Godwin, the assistant director of maintenance for the TxDOT Dallas district.

Area offices are mobilizing road runners – men and women who are proactively looking for ice forming in the typical hotspots, such as bridges and overpasses. In addition, the maintenance staff has installed spreader boxes on TxDOT vehicles and the staff stands ready to load a mixture of sand and salt into those vehicles as icy locations are identified.

No one can guarantee ice- and snow-free roadways, so motorists must always be cautious and are strongly encouraged to prepare for winter driving conditions and “know before you go.”

For online road conditions, including traffic cameras, visit online at http://apps.dot.state.tx.us/travel/road_conditions2.htm.

For weather updates, visit www.weather.gov.

For additional winter driving tips and preparation, visit http://www.txdot.gov/travel/winter_driving.htm.

During winter storms, drivers should consider delaying trips that are not absolutely necessary. If travel is necessary, allow more time and “know the road.”

For current traffic and weather information call 1-800-452-9292, watch for roadway advisories and travel time information on electronic message signs and tune into local highway advisory radio stations. Stranded motorists should call the Texas Department of Public Safety at 1-800-525-5555.

TxDOT advises motorists to keep a safe driving distance (about 500 feet on highways), watch for icy surfaces and bridges and avoid using cruise control and overdrive on automatic transmissions.

Take it slow – slower speed, slower acceleration, slower steering and slower braking – it’s not worth putting yourself and others in a dangerous situation, TxDOT advises.