The calendar says it's fall, but winter is coming

By Ryan Harding / ADOT Communications

Winter is coming. No, that’s not a reference to the HBO series "Game of Thrones." Winter really is around the corner, particularly in Arizona’s higher elevations.

On Sunday, we tweeted about frost on Interstate 40 west of Flagstaff. As the temperatures continue to drop, especially at night, we thought this would be a good time to remind drivers what to do when approaching slippery road conditions.

First and foremost, slow down. Drive according to the road conditions, including driving at slower speeds and avoiding sudden braking or acceleration. If you skid, don’t panic and slam on the brakes or jerk the steering wheel. Stay calm, ease off the accelerator, brake very lightly and steer straight or slightly into the direction of the skid.

Leave extra room between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you. Remember, the larger the vehicle, the longer the stopping distance.

Frost and ice will always form on bridge decks first and is hard to see, so be cautious approaching bridges and overpasses.

Also, pack an emergency kit in your vehicle. It should include blankets, a flashlight, ice scraper, small shovel, container of sand for traction and hazard warning lights or reflectors.

You can visit for more tips on driving in winter conditions. It’s a good idea to brush up on them now because winter is approaching as assuredly as a Lannister always pays his debts.