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TPD driving tips for freezing conditions

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Posted at 6:34 PM, Jan 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-02 14:03:16-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Unusual weather conditions are prompting Tallahassee Police to share some driving tips for driving in freezing weather.

The Tallahassee Police Department says the best tip for driving on frozen roads is—-don’t. If you don't have to drive, you shouldn't. If you have to drive, make sure you drive carefully and do not speed. 

Remember that bridges freeze before roads. This happens because a bridge is in contact with freezing air from all sides.

A road on the other hand is only in contact with the air above it.

TPD says that drivers should also be careful when changing lanes. The area between lanes may have a buildup of crunchy ice, which should be avoided altogether.

Keep in the right lane and accommodate for extra driving time. 

If you must change lanes, do so slowly while holding the steering wheel firmly.

Lastly, watch out for black ice.

"Black ice" is ice that forms with almost no air bubbles, which makes the ice transparent and appears the same color as the road surface. On asphalt or dark-colored roads, this ice appears black. 

TPD says black ice is extremely dangerous because it is so difficult to see.

The only way you will know if you have hit a patch of black ice is that you will start sliding. Take your foot off the gas pedal and do not step on the brake, just continue driving straight.

Hopefully, you'll reach the end of the patch and you will be back in control of your vehicle. 

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