Crime Prevention Tip #14
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Winter driving tipsMost crashes in winter are caused by motorists driving too fast for conditions during, or shortly after winter storms. So here are a few safety tips to improve your winter driving skills.
- Clear snow and ice from all windows and lights-even the hood and roof-before driving.
- Pay attention. Don't try to outdrive the conditions. Remember the posted speed limits are for dry Pavement.
- Leave plenty of room for stopping.
- Leave room for maintenance vehicles and plows-stay back at least 200 feet (It's the law!) and don't pass on the right.
- Know the current road conditions. Call (800)ROADWIS or log onto: http://www.511wi.gov/web/map.aspx?region=winterroads&show=1
- Use brakes carefully. Brake early. Brake correctly. It takes more time to stop in adverse conditions.
- Watch for slippery bridge decks, even when the rest of the pavement is in good condition. Bridge decks will ice up sooner than the adjacent pavement.
- Cruise without your cruise control in wintry conditions. Even roads that appear clear can have sudden slippery spots and the short touch of your brakes to deactivate the cruise control feature can cause you to lose control of your vehicle.
- Remember that your four-wheel drive vehicle may help you get going quicker than other vehicles but it won't help you stop any quicker. Many 4x4 vehicles are heavier than passenger vehicles and actually may take longer to stop. Don't get overconfident in your 4x4 vehicle's traction. Your 4x4 can lose traction as quickly as a two-wheel drive vehicle.
- GO SLOW.