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What Are Some Winter Weather Driving Tips?

While it is only early November, winter seems to be making its way to Wisconsin. Many parts of Wisconsin have already experienced accumulating snow, which has made the roadways slick and more hazardous for commutes. Because this is only the beginning of the winter, it is important that drivers be prepared for more snowy, icy and wet weather to arrive. The following are some tips for driving during the winter.

  • Clean off your vehicle before driving. It is very important that you remove all snow and ice from the windows, sensors, headlights and taillights. By ensuring that your vehicle is clean, you prevent snow and ice from flying off your vehicle. Additionally, you increase your visibility to others by ensuring that your lights are cleaned off.
  • Plan your route and make sure that you allow plenty of time to arrive to your destination. Winter weather often makes it necessary to use slower speeds and an abundance of caution on the roadways. Make sure that you leave with plenty of time so that you do not feel the need to rush to get to your destination.
  • Avoid dangerous driving activities. Make sure that your full attention is on the roadways and do not engage in any activities that will take your attention away from the road.
  • Drive at a safe speed for condition. Winter weather requires that drivers travel at a slower speed because it is harder to control and stop vehicles on a snowy and/or icy surface. Drivers should reduce speed accordingly and ensure they have a longer following distance than usual.
  • Make sure that you give snow plows plenty of room. Additionally, do not follow the snow plow too closely.

By following these winter weather driving tips, you can help make driving in winter weather safer for yourself and others.


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