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Shenandoah Police Department
Friday December 4th, 2009 :: 11:08 a.m. CST


Driving Safety Tips: Please be mindful of possible dangerous driving conditions as weather conditions worsen.


The Shenandoah Police Department 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.

Be mindful of the following driving tips while 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.

The distance needed to stop under slick conditions is much greater than you would need to brake under normal driving circumstances. Leave yourself plenty of room to stop.

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.

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.

(Sources: American Automobile Association, Texas Department of Transportation, FEMA, HCOEM)

Shenandoah Police Department
29955 IH-45 North
Shenandoah, TX 77381

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 281-367-8952

Bryan Carlisle

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