How to handle icy roads and breakdowns

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Here's everything you're going to need to survive ice on the roads. (KTRK)

Cold weather conditions present problems for drivers, especially those who get left stranded on roads.

The unseasonable cold weather created icy spots on some Houston area roads Tuesday, and a hard freeze overnight threatens to do the same tomorrow morning.

"It's pretty dangerous," driver Hui Dow said. "There's ice on the street. It's pretty dangerous and it can cause accidents."

Ice is a road hazard some drivers aren't prepared to handle.

"We've never lived anywhere where we've had ice or snow, so we've never driven like that," driver Kirstin O'Leary said.

Texas Department of Public Safety Lt. Craig Cummings offered driving advice to Eyewitness News.

"You want to turn into the way the skid is going," Cummings said. "The thing to remember if you get into ice, don't jam on the brakes, then don't begin to put a lot of steering input into it."

Cummings said ice shouldn't be your only concern. You need to have a plan in case your breakdown.

"Take some blankets, put them in the truck, the back seat," Cummings said. "A jacket that fits each person, that's with the vehicle. Some gloves, hats and maybe some hand warmers."

Also, make sure you have at least half a tank of gas, check your fluids and bring a cell phone charger.

Some things you want to avoid doing are wandering outside your vehicle, tailgaiting the person in front of you, and calling 911 for a breakdown.

"Keep your vehicle running," Cummings said. "Keep the heat going, and then call somebody to come help you."

To find out what Texas roads are like before heading out, click here.

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