Archive for the ‘Houston Highways’ Category

Grand Parkway: Extension Begins
September 14, 2011


Source: Ultimate Cy-Fair


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.

Sharing Our Environment
October 11, 2010

I moved to Walden in Montgomery County one month ago and this little herd of deer was at the stop sign a couple of blocks from my house.  Yes, we do need to watch for them on the road – especially when it is dark outside.  I see them on the road while driving to work, coming home from work, in my front yard and on my porch during the weekend!  They have really been enjoying my newly planted crepe myrtles!  In one month’s time, this little herd of fawns have lost their spots. –Kathie K. (Local 2 Viewer)

Along with cooler weather, fall months bring about an increase in deer activity so Texas motorists should keep a close watch for animals that occasionally wander onto the highway, especially at night.

According to the Texas Department of Transportation, more than 7,000 animal-related crashes occurred on Texas highways in 2009, many involving deer. Twenty-five of those crashes involved a fatality.

Texas Parks and Wildlife biologists predict an increase in deer population this year because of plenty of rain that has created an ideal environment for wildlife to flourish.

Deer-car accidents tally to more than 1.5 million crashes in the United States, costing an estimated $1.1 billion in vehicle damage, according to recent reports from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

The Institute suggests the following defensive driving tips to avoid hitting a deer:

  • Drive carefully in areas known to have high deer populations. Places where roads divide agricultural fields from forestland are particularly dangerous.
  • If you see a deer, slow down. Others are probably nearby.
  • Use high-beam headlights when there is no oncoming traffic. The high beams will reflect off deer’s eyes and warn you of their presence.
  • If a deer is in your lane, brake firmly but stay in the lane. The most serious crashes occur when drivers swerve.
  • Don’t rely on deer whistles, deer fences or reflectors to deter deer.
  • Wear seat belts.
  • If your car strikes a deer, don’t touch the animal. If the deer is blocking the highway, call the police.

Remember, it is unlawful to possess a deer or part of a deer that has been hit by a motor vehicle.

Helpful Numbers
September 10, 2010

Here are a couple of numbers you may want to store in your cell phones. The INCIDENT number is to report anything on the highways such as accidents, stalls and/or debris. The second number listed is to report SMOKING VEHICLES. Help keep our community clean for future generations by reporting those who need to be notified for driving a car that pollutes.

Report Incidents (TxDOT): 713.222.7328

Smoking Vehicles: 1.800.453.SMOG (7664)

HPD (Non-Emergency): 713.884.3131

Houston Highways
November 19, 2009

By popular demand…

I’ve created this list for those of you who are new to Houston. Welcome! Yes, it’s true and often confusing…every one of our freeways has “another name.” We have about 16 major highways which you can read more about by heading to wikipedia’s website.

Highway 6                          turns into FM 1960