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Drivers warned of “Florida Ice Effect”

Drivers warned of “Florida Ice Effect”

Monday 15 August 2022

Drivers warned of “Florida Ice Effect”

Monday 15 August 2022


Bailiwick Law Enforcement has warned drivers that the island roads could become “incredibly slippery”.

After weeks of extremely dry weather, rainfall on the roads can cause the “Florida Ice Effect”, which creates a sheen similar to driving on ice.

After weeks of extremely dry weather, rainfall on the roads can cause the “Florida Ice Effect”, which creates a sheen similar to driving on ice. 

In a social media post, Bailiwick Law Enforcement explained the Florida Ice effect occurs during “the first part of a rain shower, when the oils, dust sludge and grime all get wet and brought to the surface by the rain”.

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Pictured: The Florida Ice Effect creates a sheen similar to driving on ice. 

“This can make it much easier to suddenly lose control of your vehicle and spin out. In the past, we have seen an increase in the number of road traffic collisions occurring during these periods, so we wanted to publish this warning beforehand.

“If we do suddenly experience rain, take extra caution if you’re out on the roads. Drive or ride safely and be a considerate road user; ensuring that you do not travel too close to other road users, and allow extra distance for braking.”

The Guernsey Met Office has forecasted light rain on Tuesday [16 August] and heavy showers and thunder on Wednesday [17 August]. 

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