Iowa native offers snow driving tips to 'arrive alive' for Central Texans

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Posted at 6:43 AM, Jan 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-11 08:20:00-05

A lot of the snow and slush that started melting off central Texas highways had a chance to re-freeze overnight, creating a whole new set of dangers for Monday commuters.

It's one reason many school districts canceled classes on Monday.

But 25 News found a man with some winter driving expertise, who shared tips on how to "arrive alive".

Most Central Texans don't have a lot of experience driving in snow on the roads between Waco And Killeen Sunday afternoon.

When we found an Iowa native with experience driving in this mess we had to share tips he's learned that can help keep the rest of us safe.

"A few of them have already had a few fender benders that we saw," said Ron Stefani, who took no chances. This Texan, originally from Iowa, knows what he's doing when it comes to driving in snow and slush.

He came to Belton to pick up his daughter Ann and her friend from UMHB.

His best advice for avoiding trouble? First, make sure you dust off your car or don't get out at all.

"Stay home and go sledding or enjoy it, make snowmen. If you have to get out, drive very slowly," he advised.

Lots of people had to get out and many sought refuge at the Water Street Waffle Company where they got comfort food on a day that felt anything but comfortable.

"It's been pretty good, it was busy today. We're closing right now so our employees can get home safely," said Alex Seger, of the Water Street Waffle Company.

And our winter driving expert says you can't get in a hurry in weather like this.

He says if you can, go where the snow didn't.

"I think it's raining in Brenham, so we're gonna take 36 south to Brenham and then on the way down to I-10 and then we'll cut over to Katy" he predicted.

So to review, don't rush, avoid the snow if you can, and remember everything you've ever learned about "defensive driving".

"Well you need to be careful driving in this weather, take it slow," Stefani advised.

So, remember to plan on taking twice as long to get where you're going.

Keep your foot off the gas, and take it slow, because at this point you never know when you might hit a patch of black ice or some other hazard that can send you spinning.

Just take it slow and easy, and you've just upped your chances of arriving alive and well.