As the first winter storm of the season approaches, The Wisconsin State Patrol wants to remind drivers to slow down while driving.
It has been over six months since the last snowfall in La Crosse, so drivers haven't had much practice in snow recently.
Trooper Rhonda Waldera of the Wisconsin State Patrol wants to remind drivers of the simple things they can do to remain safe in adverse weather:
"People aren't prepared for the weather and they tend to drive a little fast, they don't give themselves enough stopping distance, and usually as a result of that we end up with more cars in the ditch or more accidents just because people are not prepared for the weather and the slippery conditions."
The best advice is to give yourself more time to react by increasing your following distance and allowing more time to stop. Watch your speed and don't use cruise control. If you find yourself in a ditch or crash, Waldera says that if it's safe to do so, remain in your car with your seat belt on and call 911. That is the best way to remain safe on the side of the road until help arrives.