5 tips for staying safe on icy roads.

Winter weather has once again come to Wisconsin. As snow and ice become common on the road, the risk of car crashes increases. As drivers relearn how to navigate the slippery highways, they may go faster than conditions allow.

While you can’t control the actions of other drivers, you can take steps to drive as safely as possible. Here are a few tips for driving on icy Wisconsin roads:

  • Be aware of the weather – If there is snow or freezing rain in the forecast, being informed can help you plan ahead. You may be able to leave early before the storm comes or avoid driving altogether. You can call 511 or visit 511wi.gov to check road conditions.
  • Adjust driving to the conditions – When the roads become slick, you will want to drive slower than the posted speed. Speed limits are meant for clear conditions. Driving too fast on icy roads can cause you to lose control.
  • Don’t follow too closely – With slippery roads, you may slide when you try to stop. If you follow other cars too closely, you can put yourself at risk of a crash.
  • Be aware of stopped vehicles – When the snow starts falling, you will have less visibility. If cars are stuck on the side of the road, you may have a hard time seeing them. And always remember to slow down and move over for stopped emergency vehicles.
  • Avoid distractions – When the road conditions are poor, you need all your attention on the road. Try to avoid distractions like your phone or the radio.

Winter weather will last for quite a few months in Wisconsin. With every snowstorm, drivers face dangerous road conditions that can cause spinouts and crashes.

Following safe driving practices may help you avoid a severe crash on icy roads.