Houston is safer to drive in at all hours, you know you are going to get your butt runover if you don't get out of the way. In Austin you don't know what the hell the drivers are going to do. The enviromental wackos on past city councils are why the traffic is so bad around Austin, they shot down any and all chances for improvement of the surrounding roadways. Rather than put up with the idiots on the city council and play their silly ass games the State Hwy Dept. directed funiding for hwys elsewhere.