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Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership
Harris County
News Release
Thursday, February 03, 2011

Driving on Slick or Icy Roads

Harris County, Texas – The Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (HCOHSEM) reminds motorists that when temperatures reach at or just above 32-degrees, a thin layer of water on the roads and highways can turn to slick ice, making for dangerous driving conditions.

HCOHSEM offers the following driving tips to motorists traveling slick or icy roads:

  • Know your vehicle and how it operates.  Not all cars respond the same to slippery roads.  Knowing how to handle your vehicle and how it responds in various weather conditions is important.
  • Always maintain a good distance from vehicles in front of you.  The most important thing to remember when driving on slick roads is that you must travel, steer and brake more slowly than usual. 
  • Recognize Danger Zones:
    • Intersections -- Slow down before reaching an intersection. Scan all directions for cars and pedestrians.
    • Curves -- Reduce speed before entering a curve.
    • Bridges – Ice forms on bridges and freeways so reduce speed and use precaution.
  • Non-working traffic signals should be treated as stop signs.
  • Never brake while driving on ice.  If you are approaching a patch of ice, brake during your approach.  Applying pressure to your brakes while on ice will only throw you into a skid.
  • Finally, always buckle up and use extra caution when driving in slick or icy conditions.

You can monitor road conditions at the Houston TranStar Web site or the Texas Department of Transportation Web site

Dannenbaum Engineering BayTran
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