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Safety Tips While Driving On Icy Roadways

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott issued a press release urging North Florida residents, visitors and businesses to prepare for extreme cold weather conditions. The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles and it’s division of the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) provides these safe driving tips to motorists:

  • Stay put. Avoid driving, if at all possible. The safest place to be is off the roads.
  • Slow down. When roads are icy, vehicles don’t have the traction required to stop quickly.
  • Stay alert. When the temperature is near freezing, the roadway may look wet when in fact ice is forming.
  • Check tire inflation often. As temperatures drop, so can your tire pressure. Low tire pressure does not give tires better traction in icy conditions, it only makes them more vulnerable to damage.
  • Remember that bridges and overpasses are more prone to freezing in these types of conditions and will ice over first. Proceed with caution when driving in these areas.
  • Do not attempt to pass slower vehicles.
  • Leave plenty of space between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you.
  • Gently apply brakes and accelerate at a slow speed.
  • Be patient and courteous. Driving in adverse weather conditions can be stressful.
  • Florida does not allow tire chains. Section 316.299, Florida Statutes, states that only tires with rubber studs designed to improve traction are permitted on public roadways.

The FHP will be monitoring roadways and bridges in 12-hour shifts to help ensure they are safe for travel. If motorists observe any roadway problems or need assistance, they should  dial *FHP(347).

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