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Warmer temperatures may confuse drivers

AMES (KWWL) - With air temperatures above freezing, but pavement temperatures still far below 32 degrees, slick roads due to frost and ice have become a problem in many parts of the state, especially in the overnight and early morning hours.

The Iowa DOT reminds motorists to follow these safety tips when driving on slick or icy roads.

· Clear any frost from vehicle windows before staring a trip. Turn on vehicle headlights to see and be seen.

· Ice and snow, take it slow. Do not turn your vehicle into an "off-road vehicle" by driving too fast for conditions.

· Avoid excessive maneuvers while steering, braking or accelerating to lessen the chances of losing control of the vehicle.

· Slow down when approaching intersections, off-ramps, overpasses, bridges or shady spots. These are all candidates for developing black ice — a thin coating of clear ice that can form on the pavement surface that may be difficult to see.

· Put additional room between your vehicle and the one ahead so that you have safe stopping distance.

· Do not take chances when pulling out in front of approaching vehicles. Remember, the other driver may be unable to slow down and you may not be able to accelerate as quickly as on dry pavement.

· Avoid using cruise control.

· Wear your seat belt – all persons, all seating positions and at all times.


· Give your full attention to your driving.

· Allow extra travel time. Better late than never.


· Handling skids – it is possible to steer out of a skid. Once you feel your vehicle begin to skid:

1. Remove your foot from the accelerator.

2. Do not attempt to brake.

3. Put your vehicle into neutral.

4. Do not try to immediately steer the vehicle.

5. As your vehicle's tires grab the road, slowly turn the steering wheel in the direction you want your front wheels to go.

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