3 tips to stay safe on snowy & slippery Wisconsin roads

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Eau Claire (WQOW) – Winter is upon us, which can make driving a drag. News 18 is here to give you some tips to prevent a possible crash.

We got a bit of snow Thursday night. State Patrol troopers in Eau Claire said as of midnight, there were eight run offs and 14 crashes. When road conditions are poor, Sgt. Jason Bakken and staff at Accountable Driver Education in Eau Claire said drivers make common mistakes.

One of the those mistakes is driving too fast. Bakken said drivers are too confident. There is no rule of thumb, but when in doubt, go slower than the speed limit. Increase your following distance, avoid aggressive steering and braking, and don’t use cruise control.

Bakken also said to know before you go. Know what road conditions will be like, so you and your vehicle are prepared.

“So, we ask for folks to plan their trip prior to travel, and then also take that few extra minutes before you do your travel for the day, to clean off the snow from your windshield, your headlights, your taillights,” Bakken said “I also want to remind the public that during inclement weather it is required in Wisconsin to have your headlights in operation, to make yourself a little bit more visible for other motorists on the roadway.”

The third tip is to scan for potential hazards ahead of you. A driving instructor News 18 spoke with said watch out for another crash that may be ahead of you. State troopers also said these hazards could include snow cleaning crews.

For more information on what your commute looks like, see here.

Shannon Hoyt

Shannon Hoyt

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