DOTD urges caution while driving during inclement weather
Monday, November 13, 2023 at 1:24:02 PM

DOTD urges caution while driving during inclement weather

BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development urges motorists to drive with caution during particularly rainy or inclement weather.

Rainfall following the prolonged drought conditions Louisiana has experienced may result in slick roadways, and DOTD reminds drivers to keep the following safety tips in mind:
  • Avoid driving in standing or running water
  • Avoid driving while distracted
  • Avoid using cruise control when visibility is low or road surface is wet.
  • Always allow extra driving time
  • Allow plenty of room between vehicles
  • Have your headlights on when using windshield wipers
  • Never drive through areas with downed power lines or utility poles
  • Never drive around or remove ‘road closed’ barricades for any reason
Motorists are encouraged to check the status of road conditions prior to beginning their commutes by utilizing the following resources:
  • 511 Traveler Information: Travelers can also find information regarding road closures by visiting the 511 Traveler Information website at or by dialing 511 from their telephone and saying the route or region about which they are seeking information. Out-of-state travelers can access the system by calling 1-888-ROAD-511 (1-888-762-3511).
  • MyDOTD: Motorists can receive automatic and up-to-date information on local projects, lane and road closures, and other DOTD activity by signing up for MyDOTD here.
  • Social media: Additional information can be found at DOTD’s Facebook and Twitter pages.