LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (NEWS RELEASE) - The La Crosse Police Department would like to remind everyone about the hazards of winter driving and asks everyone to be aware of how quickly road conditions can change during winter weather. Please remember the following tips:
Drive with your lights on to increase visibility to other motorists.
Keep your windshield, headlights and taillights visible by removing snow and ice from your vehicle before you drive.
Decrease your speed and leave yourself plenty of room to stop.
You should allow at least three times more space than usual between you and the vehicle in front of you.
Brake gently to avoid skidding. If you do start to skid, ease off the brake. Brake gently in slow, steady strokes to see how much traction you have, and begin braking early when approaching intersections or stops.
Use low gears to keep traction, especially on a hill.
Avoid using cruise control or overdrive on icy roads.
Approach bridges, shaded spots, turns and overpasses slowly.
Use caution when on bridges, overpasses and infrequently traveled roads as they will freeze first. Even when the temperature is above freezing, if the conditions are wet, you may still encounter ice in the shady areas or on exposed roadways such as a bridge.
Avoid passing snow plows and sanding trucks. The drivers have limited visibility and more than likely the road in front of them will be worse than behind them.
Be aware your vehicle may not be able to handle all conditions. Even four-wheel and front wheel drive vehicles may encounter trouble on winter roads.
Check the road conditions and stay tuned to local news broadcasts for more information on roadway and weather conditions.
Check and maintain the following vehicle components:
Headlights and taillights
Fuel and exhaust systems
Following these winter driving safety tips, planning before you travel and staying alert helps to keep you and others in the community safe during the winter months.
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