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Tips for driving safely in snowy or icy weather

Once Tuesday's wintry mix hits, the roads may turn into a mess that central Georgia drivers aren't ready for.

"You can run off the road or run into another person," Shirley Samuels said.

For drivers who aren't used to driving in snow, slick and icy conditions can be "scary."

"You don't really have control," Samuels said.

Less control means more accidents, leaving Georgia State Patrol dealing with the aftermath.

"There are a a lot more rear-end accidents, vehicles spinning out of control, things of that nature, just due to the fact that people aren't used to driving in the snow and the ice," Corporal Kevin Pope said.

Even though most cars now have an anti-braking systems, designed to improve control and braking distance, Pope says the ABS system doesn't work as well as it normally would in ice.

Some aren't so fearful about the weather to come, but say the best way to stay safe is to stay in.

"I worry about people getting out before it's safe to get out," Rodney Robert said.

"If you don't have to go outside, if work gets cancelled, school gets cancelled, stay inside that's your best bet," Pope said.

But if you can't avoid driving, Georgia State Patrol has some tips for staying safe on the road:
-Triple the space between you and the car in front of you
-Brake gently and earlier than you normally would
-Try to avoid bridges and overpasses, which will freeze over first or proceed carefully

And a last tip? Make sure you get to the gas pumps.

"Anytime that you have less than a half tank of gas, you can get condensation that can mess up your gas line," Roberts said.

With conditions like these, taking a little extra caution is never too much.

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