City of Lubbock street crews are currently salting city streets and will continue to work a 24 hour work schedule until the weather clears.
Winter weather poses several dangers to drivers. Please remember these steps if you are driving during winter weather:
- Allow extra time to get where you're going.
- Drive slowly and cautiously.
- Winter road conditions require longer stopping distances. Keep additional room between you and other drivers.
- If you have anti-lock brakes, press the pedal down firmly and hold it. If you do not have anti-lock brakes, gently pump the pedal. Either way, give yourself plenty of room to stop.
- Avoid abrupt actions like suddenly braking, steering, or accelerating.
Please watch out for emergency personnel who may be responding to accidents and other emergencies.
It’s also important to carry an emergency kit in your vehicle. A typical winter survival kit for your car could include:
- First Aid Kit
- Windshield Scraper
- Bag of Sand or Cat Litter
- Collapsible Shovel
- Water and High-Calorie Food
The City encourages Lubbock residents to make sure their homes are prepared for the cold weather. Water pipes are vulnerable to extreme weather changes. Here are a couple of tips for protecting your water pipes:
- Disconnect and drain outdoor gardening hoses.
- Let your indoor faucets drip.
- Open cabinet doors below sinks to allow heat from your home to circulate.
- Locate your home’s main water valve in case you need to turn off water to your home. The main water valve is usually located where the main waterline enters your house.
- Make sure your irrigation system is turned off. Also, turn off the system’s isolation valve, which is typically located close to your water meter.
- If you will be going on vacation, leave your home’s thermostat set to a reasonable temperature.