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Transportation officials encourage safe driving

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Posted at 6:11 PM, Jan 28, 2014
and last updated 2014-01-28 18:11:00-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL)-- The possibility of icy conditions can be hazardous for drivers, and state troopers in both Florida and Georgia want you to be safe.

Transportation officials say that with how rare severe weather conditions like these occur in the area, most people don't know how to drive in it or are just too uncomfortable. Captain Nancy Rasmussen with the Florida Highway Patrol says if that's you, it's better to stay off the roads.

If you can't avoid driving, there are some things you can do to stay safe, like drive slowly and brake early. It takes at least three times more distance to stop when you're driving on slick roads. Also, check tires and keep your gas tank full.

Captain Rasmussen says if you're still feeling a bit nervous, do what you can to avoid the roads, because accidents do occur more frequently in these types of situations.

"If you can't see, like if it's inclement weather where it's hard to see, people won't notice you if you're turning left or turning right," said Captain Rasmussen, "so really my advice is just to stay inside if you're not familiar with it, and if you do go outside, just drive safely."