FHP urging caution ahead of icy and dangerous roadways

JACKSONVILLE, FLA-- Drivers are being urged to use extreme caution on the roadways of Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia Tuesday night into Wednesday.

The area is expected to get freezing rain or sleet, which can cause very dangerous driving conditions.

The Florida Highway Patrol suggests all drivers to do the following:

  • Be patient and courteous. Driving in adverse weather conditions can be stressful.
  • Buckle up!
  • Don't attempt to pass slower vehicles.
  • Don't attempt to pass slower vehicles.
  • Gently apply your brakes and accelerate at a slow speed.
  • Leave plenty of space between your vehicle and the one in front of you. .
  • Remember that bridges and overpasses are more prone to freezing in these types of conditions.
  • Remember to dial *FHP (347) from your cell phone if you are on the road and need assistance.
  • 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.
  • Stay put. Avoid driving, if at all possible. The safest place to be is off the roads.

Also, bridges and overpasses will freeze first and stay frozen longer in cold weather. First Coast News will keep you updated on the changing weather and traffic conditions throughout the day.


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