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SCDPS releases safety tips ahead of freezing temps

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Columbia, S.C. (WACH) -- The South Carolina Department of Public Safety (SCDPS) released some tips Wednesday ahead of a threat of black ice Wednesday night into Thursday morning.

Many areas across the state received minor snowfall, but authorities are urging safety in a bigger concern: black ice.

First, the department urges residents to avoid the roads as much as possible, especially during the dawn and dusk hours, when temperatures reach the lows.

But if you are driving, the SCDPS have released some additional tips to keep yourself safe:

*Drive slowly and put extra distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you. They recommend at least three times the amount of normal spacing.

*Avoid sharp turns in steering and abrupt movement.

*Brake gently to avoid skidding.

*Be careful on bridges, overpasses, shady areas and infrequently travelled roadways as they tend to freeze first. Even when temperatures warm up, you still may have pockets of ice.

*Stay alert.

The SCDPS says that, if your vehicle starts to skid, take your foot off the gas, pump the brakes very gently, and counter steer (if the rear of your vehicle is sliding left, slide your steering wheel gently to the left).

You can monitor state agency websites at SCDPS, SCDOT, AND SCEMD.

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