Archive for January, 2011

Viewer Email: NE Beltway
January 25, 2011

A: 3 Lanes in each direction will become a toll road for EZ Tag riders only. The feeders will remain free. Please see other blog posting entitled NORTHEAST PART OF BELTWAY for more details. Thanks! -Jen

(ORIGINALLY POSTED JULY 2010)

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Avoid Parking-Lot Accidents
January 13, 2011

You’ve just turned off a traffic-congested street and into the relative calm of a parking lot. Time to relax right? Not really. It’s actually a time to be extra alert. About 20 percent of all vehicle accidents happen in parking lots, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Though these low-speed collisions are rarely serious, they can be costly, time-consuming and aggravating. Protect yourself and your vehicle by following these tips.

Buy Time to React
Parking lots are filled with obstacles and hazards, but often the biggest danger is other drivers. They may cut across empty rows, drive too fast or ignore signs and pavement markings, endangering everyone in the lot. The best way to deal with these drivers is simple: Slow down. This buys you time to react and avoid a collision. Be especially cautious when turning corners and backing up.

“If you drive just a little bit slower, you are in a better position to absorb the misbehavior of others,” says Leonard Evans, an expert and author on traffic safety issues. “You must absorb their folly so you don’t pay for it.”

Expect Pedestrians
Parking lots are full of people coming from and going to their cars. “Pedestrians have a great sense of security in parking lots—they don’t look for traffic,” Evans says. Though pedestrians may not be looking out for you, it’s still your responsibility to look out for them. Keep a wary eye out for any pedestrians who may cross your vehicle’s path and be sure to obey all crosswalks within the parking lot. When entering particularly high foot-traffic areas, take your own foot off the accelerator and cover the brake. Anticipate pedestrians even if you don’t see any. If you’re in a busy shopping area, remember that people lugging sacks of groceries or other purchases could also be shepherding hard-to-see children, too.

Distance Yourself
Door dings and scratches are aggravating and hard to avoid. No matter how courteous and conscientious you are when parking, you can fall victim to someone else’s carelessness. One way to reduce the risk of door damage is to park away from other vehicles. This may be inconvenient, but it’s considerably more polite than parking your vehicle across several spaces to keep others from parking near you. And the extra walking is good exercise.

(Source: State Farm Insurance)

City of Conroe:Construction
January 5, 2011

Callahan Avenue to Be Resurfaced in Candy Cane Park

The city informs everyone effective immediately and for the next two weeks, Callahan Avenue will be one way going west bound starting from the 4 way stop at Bettes Street to the basketball court in Candy Cane Park which is in front of the Recreation Center and Aquatic Center. Signs and barricades will be in place to direct traffic. Please know all patrons and any visitors going to the Recreation and Aquatic Centers will need to exit through the park to the northbound I-45 feeder road.

Aggressive Driving
January 3, 2011

Aggressive drivers are becoming the norm, according to a Media and Injury Prevention Program at the University of Southern California.

“Aggressive driving is now the most common way of driving,” says co-director Sandra Ball-Rokeach. “It’s not just a few crazies — it’s a subculture of driving.”

Stories of aggressive drivers chasing, punching or shooting their victims are common. But you might avoid becoming a victim if you know how to remain calm and avoid acting upon your feelings.

Are you an aggressive driver?

Do you:
Speed up when someone tries to pass you?
Tailgate people who are going slower than you?
Weave in and out of traffic?
Pass cars on the right?
Flash your headlights at vehicles?
Overuse your horn?
Make obscene gestures?
Yell out your window at people?
Race for a position on the highway?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration considers some of these behaviors aggressive. So next time, think twice before doing any of these things.

Safety and preventative measures
To avoid an encounter with an aggressive driver, remember these tips:

Don’t block the passing lane.
Avoid blocking the right-hand turn lane.
Don’t take more than one parking space.
Don’t tailgate.
Don’t stop in the road to talk with a pedestrian or other drivers.
If you travel slowly, pull over to allow traffic to pass you.
Avoid eye contact with an aggressive driver.
Keep your eyes on the road.
Keep away from erratic drivers.
Don’t challenge other drivers by speeding up to hold your own in your travel lane.
Ignore gestures; do not return them.