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Winter Driving: Safely Handling Snowy Road Conditions

snowfallCentral Wisconsin woke up to the beautiful sight of snow this morning. Although it is a pretty sight, road conditions over the next couple days are going to be slick. After the first serious snow fall it is always important to review safe driving tips when the road conditions are poor.

  • Clear all snow or ice from your vehicle before driving.
  • Remember to always accelerate and decelerate slowly. Don’t try to get moving in a hurry. Instead, take plenty of time to let your car accelerate and make sure to always start slowing down slowly.
  • When roads are covered in snow, remember to give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination.
  • Following distance from the car ahead of you should be increased to a safe 8 to 10 seconds. This will give you more time to stop if you have to.
  • Don’t try to power up snow covered hills. Instead, try to build up a little inertia before you reach a hill and let this inertia get you to the top of the hill. Reduce your speed once you are at the top and move down the hill as slow as possible.
  • Always make sure your windshield wipers are working properly and replace any worn blades.
  • Plan you travel route carefully before you leave. Check weather reports and take the safest possible route in order to get to your destination.
  • Wear comfortable clothing that does not restrict your maneuvering while you are behind the wheel.

If you are driving in the snow conditions today, remember the above tips. Winter driving can be difficult but if you slow down, make careful turns, and make all starts slow and smooth, you will be able to handle the conditions. However, if it is possible for you to stay home when conditions are poor, always do.

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