Rain After Dry Spell Creates Slick Roads - NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Rain After Dry Spell Creates Slick Roads



    Driving in Wet Weather in North Texas

    Rain is making roads slippery, causing dangerous driving conditions in North Texas. (Published Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015)

    With no rain lately, oil has built up on the roads in North Texas. It's creating slick streets now that rain has finally arrived.

    NBC 5 spotted several drivers spinning out at intersections Thursday.

    Chad Henry teaches people how to drive for a living at his business, 123 Driving School.

    He said the biggest problem drivers face after a dry spell is a build-up of oil on the road.

    "You may hit the break at an intersection, which is normal, and it's going to want to slide because that water is basically acting as a lubricant and it's disconnecting the traction that's created between your tire and the road," Henry said.

    Henry suggests driving slow and leaving plenty of space between your vehicle and other drivers.

    The North Texas Tollway Authority has a team of people on standby in case a spin-out turns into an emergency.

    Crews at NTTA's Command Center are watching more than 1,800 cameras on toll roads in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

    They say they'll be keeping a close eye on construction zones on the Dallas North Tollway and President George Bush Tollway for possible flooding.

    They also have service trucks ready to help drivers who become stranded.

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