In Texas, most drivers have never experienced driving on ice roads. Our year-round high temperatures normally ensure we don’t have to deal with snow or ice in the winter. However, every once in a while a major cold front comes through, and the roads are covered in slippery ice. The best course of action is to not drive. Trying to leave your home in these conditions is simply not worth risking your life. If you do happen to crash, in many cases no one may be able to come and help. Emergency services are not going to risk their lives when the roads are dangerous to drive on.
Most Texas cities do not have the equipment to treat icy roads like they do up North. States that face this weather on a regular basis have things like snow tires, chains, and plows to make sure people can drive safely. If you absolutely need to strive, don’t be overconfident in your car’s traction because you have four-wheel or all-wheel drive. When it comes to ice, this doesn’t help. Take it slow. The faster you drive, the harder it is to control your vehicle on ice. Going slow will help decrease the chance of you hurting yourself or damaging your vehicle if your car goes into a skid.
Also, be sure to increase your following distance. On the ice, you should be at least 600 feet behind the car in front of you. It’s also important to note that you shouldn’t use the outside temperature to gauge whether the roads are icy or not. The air warms up faster than the pavement. Just because your thermometer says it’s above freezing, doesn’t mean ice is no longer on the road. Black ice is also a major concern. It’s difficult to see and might just look like water is on the road. Be sure to avoid driving at night or in the early morning. This is typically the coldest part of the day, and the low visibility only makes the roads more dangerous.
If you feel like your car is floating while driving, do not slam on the breaks. You will go into a skid. Take your foot off the gas to slow down. Again, the best thing to do in Texas is to simply stay off the roads. It is not worth risking your life. If you do need to go out on the roads, be patient. Take your time and drive slow. If someone is tailgating you, let them pass and continue to drive safely.
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