Motorists Urged To use Caution In Winter Weather Conditions

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News Release: Florida Highway Patrol

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – With a winter storm warning posted for portions of North Florida, the Florida Highway Patrol urges motorists in affected areas to prepare for the possibility of adverse driving conditions. National Weather Service forecasts show a severe cold front moving into Florida, bringing with it the possibility of freezing rain and snow resulting in hazardous driving conditions for motorists.

The Patrol offers the following tips for driving in this type of weather conditions:

  • 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.

  • Remember that bridges and overpasses are more prone to freezing in these types of conditions.

  • Don’t attempt to pass slower vehicles.

  • Leave plenty of space between your vehicle and the one in front of you.

  • Gently apply your brakes and accelerate at a slow speed.

  • Be patient and courteous. Driving in adverse weather conditions can be stressful.

  • Remember to dial *FHP (347) from your cell phone if you are on the road and need assistance.

By: Bailey Myers
January 27th, 2014

Tallahassee FL- Freezing rain could lead to slick roads, as well, black ice is nothing to mess around with.

Several local communities, like Tallahassee are already prepping. You won't see any salt trucks. You can, however, expect to see a truck spreading sand.

Tallahassee Public Works Operation Manager, Mike Scheiner told us, "We will fill that with sand and have it available in case we get calls about bridges icing over or steeply sloped roads icing over that we need to cover with sand to provide more traction."

We're told Leon County and the Florida Department of Transportation are prepping sand trucks as well, for the impending weather.