TDOT’s new winter weather budget – up nearly a million to $15.5 million – covers costs for snow removal crew overtime, equipment maintenance, salt and salt brine – a salt/water mixture – to keep interstates, state highways and county roads in Tennessee’s 95 counties free of snow and ice. The importance of highway safety crews cannot be understated. Roads that are slicked by rain, ice or snow can create dangerous conditions. Memphis car accident attorneys have worked with drivers and passengers who’ve been seriously injured after a weather-related car crash.
A comprehensive new information tool also allows Tennessee travelers to make informed decisions on road conditions. The new TDOT Smartway Mobile website allows smart phone users to tap into a wealth of information on travel conditions throughout the state. The website – M.tdot.tn.gov/SmartWay/ – provides state traffic camera video, weather advisories, construction and road incident information and displays posted on overhead dynamic message signs.
Staying safe requires drivers to examine habits and make weather-related changes. According to TDOT, the key to winter driving safety is simple – slow down! The slow and cautious approach applies to almost everything – accelerating, braking, merging, approaching intersections, bridges and off-ramps. In addition:
Good road maintenance, up-to-date weather information and safe driving habits can help you navigate the road safely during unpredictable winter weather. If you’re involved in a weather-related car accident, a personal injury attorney can help you secure the money you need to recover from your injuries and to replace or repair any damaged property.