Harris County Emergency Management Officials warn motorists of driving conditions
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Harris County’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management reminds motorists that severe winter weather and freezing rain can cause roads and highways to become slick and dangerous. OHSEM offers the following driving tips to motorists traveling on slick or icy roads: • Know the vehicle and how it operates. Not all cars respond the same to slippery roads. Knowing how to handle a vehicle and how it responds in various weather conditions is important. • Always maintain a good distance from vehicles. The most important thing to remember when driving on slick roads is that one must travel, steer and brake more slowly than usual. The distance needed to stop on ice is twice as long as that under normal driving circumstances. This means keeping at least a three-car distance from vehicles driving ahead. • Recognize danger zones: intersections - slow down before reaching an intersection. Scan all directions for cars and pedestrians; curves -- reduce speed before entering a curve; and bridges - ice forms on bridges and freeways so reduce speed and use precaution. • Never brake while driving on ice. If approaching a patch of ice, brake during the approach. Applying pressure to the brakes while on ice will only throw the car into a skid. • Always buckle up and use extra caution when driving in slick or icy conditions. To monitor road conditions on the Houston TranStar Web site, go to www.houstontranstar.org.