Icy Roads Make Driving Tough Tuesday - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/27/09

Icy Roads Make Driving Tough Tuesday

"I should have stayed home," said driver Anthony Carter.  Ice on the roads means dangerous conditions for motorists. "They're scary. You gotta watch everybody around you," said Teena Garrett. 

The Texas Department of Transportation started preparing for this bout of winter weather Monday morning. "Anytime that there's a forecast for severe weather, our crews start to monitor conditions, and we get out there as soon as we can. We've been monitoring the conditions all night. We've had the crews out all night, taking care of it," said Dianah Ascencio with the Texas Department of Transportation. 

The Lubbock Police Department says it saw 40 wrecks between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesday. That's more than your average day, but not as many as the last time Lubbock had icy road conditions.

Clive Kinghorn grew up in Idaho, so he says the weather doesn't bother him, "This is mild. This is mild. It's not as bad as I've seen, but it does require a lot of caution as you drive.

For other drivers, the ice is more difficult to navigate.  "It's hard. It really is. It's really, really slick out here," said Carter. 

It's best to stay off the roads if you can, but if you must drive, slow down. Keep the gasoline level in your car as high as possible to prevent water condensation. If your car starts to skid on the ice, take your foot off the gas pedal, but don't slam the breaks to keep from sliding.

Several school districts including Lubbock, Frenship, and Lubbock-Cooper already announced delayed starts Wednesday due to weather.

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