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Driving Tips

Find ways to stay safe while driving in winter weather.

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Car Kit

Keep these 8 items in your car in case of winter weather.

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Car Care

What are you doing to keep your car running through the winter?

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MDOT Response

Find out just how much salt we use to keep you safe on #MShwys.

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Winter Weather Driving Tips

MDOT offers these tips to help you stay safe on #MShwys during winter weather conditions.

  • Buckle up.
  • Slow down.
  • Avoid distractions such as talking on a cell phone and texting.
  • Brake early and gently to avoid skidding, and never slam on the brakes.

For more safe driving tips, download MDOT's Winter Weather Checklist.

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Winter Weather Car Kit

MDOT suggests preparing a car kit in case of a winter weather emergency. Here are some suggested items for your kit:

  • Windshield scraper
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Jumper cables
  • Cell phone charger

For more safe driving tips, download MDOT's Winter Weather Checklist.

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Winter Weather Car Care

Making sure your car is ready for winter weather is important. Here are some things you can do to get your car ready for winter.

  • Have your car battery and charging system checked for optimum performance.
  • Clean, flush and put new antifreeze in your car's cooling system.
  • Have your brakes checked.
  • Make sure your heater, defroster and windshield wipers work properly.

For more safe driving tips, download MDOT's Winter Weather Checklist.

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MDOT Response

Annual Cost

Our 3 year annual average cost for snow and ice operations is $2.4 million.

Hours Worked

MDOT has logged an average of 53,291 hours annually in snow and ice.


1,338 MDOT employees work during winter weather to keep our roads safe.


52 snowplows, and numerous motor graders, are used to keep roadways clear.

Miles Driven

Our equipment travels 13,303 miles during winter weather events.

Salt & Brine

We use an average of 3,493 tons of salt and 30,000 gallons of brine to prepare our roads.

Sand & Slag

MDOT spreads 2,200 tons of sand and 4,665 tons of slag to help with traction.


Our crews use 31,380 gallons of calcium chloride to help de-ice roads and bridges.

Stay Safe on #MShwys with MDOT

MDOT is working to keep you safe this winter with tips from safe driving to car care. Follow us on social media for winter weather related traffic updates. Remember to #drivesmartms.


Prepare with MDOT

Join MDOT on our Winter Weather College Tours and learn about ways you can prepare for winter weather. We will have giveaways, and you can register to win a door prize.

Delta State University

When: January 17, 11 a.m.- 1:30 p.m.

Where: Student Union

Mississippi Valley State

When: January 18, 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.

Where: Outside Student Union

Mississippi State University

When: January 19, 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Where: Outside Colvard Student Union, across from the Drill Field

Mississippi University for Women

When: January 24, 11 a.m.- 1:30 p.m.

Where: Cafeteria

University of Mississippi

When: February 3rd, 11:00 a.m.- 1:30 p.m.

Where: Outside, Plaza across from Grove, in front of Student Union