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How to drive safe on icy roads

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Icy roads caused at least two fatal accidents this week in the Big Country.ABILENE, Texas -

If you have to drive when roads are icy, Mike Duncan with A OK Driving School in Abilene said there are some ways to stay safe.

"Don't hit the brakes,” Duncan said. "Let the car go over the ice. Let off the gas is the best. When (you) put on the brakes, the car slides automatically."

Duncan said your best bet is to stay on the frontage roads and drive at a slower speed. He said if the speed limit is 75 mph, make sure you slow down and drive around 45 to 55 mph.

“Stay off the freeways,” Duncan said. “The overpasses are where it's slickest because the air is going underneath it super cooling it, and that's where you get your black ice.”

He said always remember to keep enough distance from the vehicle in front of you and turn your lights on in overcast weather.

"You need to be in the driving zone when it's really bad in following distance, slowing down, keeping focus is the best thing," Duncan said.

He also said it’s important to stay calm when you're driving on icy roads and make sure you hold on tight to the steering wheel so you don’t lose control.

For the latest on road conditions, you can visit DriveTexas.org or call 1-800-452-9292.

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