Tips for driving in icy conditions


by staff

Posted on January 28, 2014 at 12:14 PM

HOUSTON—As Texas Department of Transportation crews prepare roads for freezing weather expected to move into Southeast Texas, drivers are urged to proceed with extreme caution during icy conditions.

If you can, wait for road conditions to improve and avoid driving. If you must get on the road, use caution when driving late Thursday and early Friday, especially on bridges and overpasses.

TXDoT recommends you maintain at least three times the normal following distance, and if you start to slide, ease off the gas pedal or brakes. Steer into the direction of the skid until you feel you have regained traction, then straighten your vehicle. Click here for more detailed information on handling a skidding vehicle.

Click here to obtain current information about road conditions from TxDOT.  You can also get information by calling 1-800-452-9292. Or use this TxDOT map that shows where ice has formed.

The Houston Police Department offers these icy weather driving tips:

• Leave early to give yourself more time to travel, and drive slower. 
• Be especially alert and drive courteously. 
• Watch for wet or slick spots, especially on overpasses and bridges.
• Watch for slow-moving vehicles, such as sand trucks.
• Avoid lane changes and sudden stops - be gentle with the brakes and signal when you change lanes.
• Avoid all cell phone use, unless you need to make an emergency call.

If you are involved in a traffic accident:

• Your first concern should be safety. 
• Use common sense, consider your choices and do the safest thing.
• Activate your vehicle’s flashing lights. 
• Get uninjured and slightly injured people to safety.
• Weigh whether moving the badly injured would be worse than leaving them vulnerable where they are and act accordingly.  Call 911.
• Move the damaged vehicles or do what you can to ensure other drivers see the accident in time to avoid it.  


More information:

Houston traffic map & conditions

Houston weather conditions

Interactive Radars

HOU Flight Tracker

IAH Flight Tracker