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Staying safe on snowy shoulders

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) - Thanksgiving Day travelers had good luck on interstates. Despite getting some snow Wednesday, lanes were clear and safe for drivers.

The shoulders are another story. Many are covered in snow and ice.  It's not a problem -- unless you need to pull over.

"There's areas on the shoulders that I wouldn't want to go over to because they look like they're really icy," said Jan Waterman, who was headed from Waterloo to Iowa City.

Cedar Rapids police monitor some sections of Interstate 380. When they have to stop a car, they look to find the safest area.

"We usually try to wait until it's a safe spot to do that," said Lt. Ryan Abodeely, Cedar Rapids Police Department.  "Maybe once they pull off the shoulder onto a side street that isn't icy. But more than anything folks just need to slow down, watch what they're doing. And don't pull over onto an area that's icy or hasn't been plowed yet."

Officers recommend drivers do the same when they have car problems -- get off at the next exit when possible. However, sometimes it can be miles until you get to the next exit or safe area to pull over. So if you do need to pull over, make sure you do so slowly."

Waterman says she's pulled over to switch drivers before -- but her holiday drive is short enough that won't be necessary during this trip.

"It would be a little scary in places if you had to pull over today," said Waterman.

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